Gary P. Spevere |

Gary P. Spevere

Dr. Gary P. Spevere, 63, died March 22, 2007, in Bullhead City, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer.Gary was born Sept. 22, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., to Anthony Jerome Spevere and Evelyn Combs. The family left St. Louis for Orville, Ohio, where Gary completed high school and attended Kent State University. In 1963, Gary joined the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, attending school for physical therapy at Bethesda Naval Hospital, graduating with honors. In 1964, he was stationed at Castle Air Force Base Hospital in Merced, Calif. It was there he met his wife, Beverly Kronus, on a blind date. The couple married March 26, 1966. After a tour in Puerto Rico (Ramey Air Force Base Hospital), they moved to St. Louis, where Gary attended Logan College of Chiropractic, graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his doctorate. Gary initially set up a private practice in Aurora, but with a growing interest in outdoor activities, Gary realized that Rifle would be the ideal place to establish a chiropractic practice. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, soccer and boating. Gary practiced chiropractic from 1974 to 2003 when he retired, leaving his practice to his son Steven.Gary and other local soccer enthusiasts were responsible for forming Rifle’s first recreational soccer league and building Rifle’s first soccer field. Gary’s persistent efforts eventually led to soccer becoming a high school sport. Annually, two high school soccer trophies are awarded for good sportsmanship in his name. Additionally, the soccer field located in Deerfield Park was named Spevere Field by the city of Rifle.Gary was the ultimate family man, devoted to his wife, three children and eventually, seven grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary Parish and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Colorado Chiropractic Association and the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association. Locally, he was a member of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and supported the community wherever he could.Upon retiring to Grand Junction, Gary could be found volunteering at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, or assisting in dinosaur digs in Rabbit Valley, sharing his newfound passion of paleontology with visitors. Gary continued to participate in his love for soccer by refereeing for the Colorado High School Soccer Association. Gary is survived by his wife of 41 years; sons Steven (Yvonne) Spevere of Rifle, and David (Lorena) Spevere of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; daughter Laura (Todd) Springer of Fruita; grandchildren Ethan, Ryan and Ashley Spevere, Taylor and Parker Spevere, and Dawson and Landon Springer; brothers Eugene Spevere of St. Peters, Mo., and Ralph Spevere of Massillon, Ohio, sisters Doris Sissom of Parachute and Marilyn Cowan of Sheridan; and many nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at St. Mary Parish in Rifle. Father Bob Hehn will officiate.

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