Gordon Ring Spendlove breathed his last on earth, and was welcomed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ, on September 2, 2023. As son of a U.S. Army surgeon and VA Hospital administrator, Gordon grew up in many places, from Seattle, WA, to Reno, NV, to Tucson, AZ, to Black Mountain and Monroe, NC, and then to Portland, OR. During high school in Portland, he Lettered in Swimming, excelling at the backstroke, and he played clarinet in the school band.
Gordon enlisted in the Army, where he trained to be a Radio Signalman, and earned several medals for sharpshooting. Stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, he often related fond memories off-duty times visiting in Juarez, Mexico, and attending matador bullfights.
After the Army, Gordon attended DeVry Institute in Chicago, IL to obtain a degree in electronics. He became a life-long fan of his beloved Cubs baseball team.
Upon graduation from DeVry, Gordon was employed by Boeing for the Minuteman Missiles project in South Dakota. After a couple of years, Gordon moved to Denver, CO and obtained employment with AT&T. At the Luncheoners, a church fellowship group, he met Sharel Lynn Tuers, a young nurse from Des Moines, IA. He invited her to a date at the Fiddlesteppers Square-Dance club, they fell in love and were married April 3, 1965.
Gordon, Sharel, and their two sons, Roger Paul and Scott Joseph, enjoyed hiking, camping, visiting many National Parks and scenic locations throughout the western USA. Gordon was a big fan of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and an on-and-off fan of the Denver Broncos football outfit. He continued to work for AT&T until his retirement in 1999. After their sons moved out for college, Gordon & Sharel re-discovered many more years of Square-Dancing enjoyment. He was a faithful member of Phillips United Methodist Church.
Gordon is survived by his sister Linda Darling; his wife Sharel Spendlove; his son Roger with grandchildren Abigail, Gideon, Thaddeus, Mahli Joy, Jubilee, Hadassah, and Esther; and his son Scott with wife Jenna, and grandchild Logan.
Memorial Service will be held at Phillips United Methodist Church, 1450 S Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80232 on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m., with a light reception to follow.
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