Gary Lee Divel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend graduated from this life into his Lord and Savior’s arms on December 7th, 2020.
Gary was born on March 30, 1941, on the family farm in Jewell, Kansas to Rex and Doris Divel. An avid sports enthusiast, Gary loved to compete in a variety of sports. In high school he was a multi-sport star where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball; and ultimately went to college on a football scholarship where he graduated from Emporia State College in 1963.
On October 14th, 1961, he married his forever sweetheart, Betty Selvy, in Independence, Kansas. Gary and Betty celebrated over 57 years of wonderful marriage before our Lord called Betty home in 2018.
Gary began his professional life working in what became a long and storied career in Civil Service. For over 23 years, this brought him much success in procurement, contract, negotiation and disputes related work, and conducting seminars for industry and government personnel on DOD acquisition procedures. Highlights during his civil service career include playing a decisive role in Department of Defense acquisitions over many years, and spearheading an international contracting exchange program with the Peoples Republic of China in the late 1980’s. After his government career Gary moved into the private sector working for both Space Mark and Excel in Executive positions until 1995. He then ran his own business until 2008. After retiring Gary kept busy as an arbitration consultant in Colorado.
Gary always had a passion for serving others and being involved in the community. Over a lifetime of activity, he coached sports for his children, served in various leadership and service roles at church, and held community volunteer roles that provided food and housing assistance in and around Colorado Springs. Another love of Gary’s was visiting other countries and throughout the course of his professional career he enjoyed traveling extensively and sharing gifts and mementos of different cultures with his family and friends.
Gary was an amazing caregiver for not only his special needs son Lance, but also to his mother-in-law Hazel and wife Betty when they were both facing significant health challenges. This aspect of his character was directly linked to his strong faith and continual desire to study scripture and better understand God’s love for us. A favorite scripture of his is Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
A blessing of Gary and Betty’s journey together has been the abundance of cherished friends and family with whom they have shared a lifetime of fellowship, fun and support.
Gary is survived by his daughter Marcy and son-in-law Jon, his son Aaron, grandchildren McKenzie, Bryce, Trevor, Elise and Caleb, and his brother Jerry, along with many wonderful in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, son Lance, his parents Doris and Rex, brother Leon, and sister Judy.
Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We look forward to fellowshipping with him again in heaven!
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30pm, February 6th, 2021, at Academy Christian Church, in Colorado Springs. Those unable to attend can view the service at this link: https://vimeo.com/488970765/cfde1b9e73
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the following:
- American Cancer Society
- Academy Christian Church
- Mercy’s Gate