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Published October 09, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kevin Lou Spooner

Kevin Lou Spooner, 56, of Fargo died, Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home in Fargo. He is survived by: his daughter, Sierra Norman of Albion, Idaho with her mother Janeil Leslie; his parents, Bob and Maureen Spooner of Fargo, ND; and siblings: Brian (Janet) Spooner of Bismarck, ND; Jay (Jane) Spooner of Fargo, ND; Tobin (Joan) Spooner of Fargo, ND; Tim (Tracy) Spooner of Scottsdale, AZ; and Nan (Chris) Kennelly of Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by a niece, Andrea Spooner.

Kevin was born Dec. 22, 1956 in Conrad, MT. He graduated from Williston High School in 1975, and attended college in Williston and Albuquerque before earning his Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota Therapy in 1980. He later earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1993. Kevin formed two companies in Williston to promote healthy living; The Body Firm and Spooner Physical Therapy, operating from 1983 to 1998.

Kevin Lou Spooner

Kevin Lou Spooner, 56, of Fargo died, Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home in Fargo. He is survived by: his daughter, Sierra Norman of Albion, Idaho with her mother Janeil Leslie; his parents, Bob and Maureen Spooner of Fargo, ND; and siblings: Brian (Janet) Spooner of Bismarck, ND; Jay (Jane) Spooner of Fargo, ND; Tobin (Joan) Spooner of Fargo, ND; Tim (Tracy) Spooner of Scottsdale, AZ; and Nan (Chris) Kennelly of Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by a niece, Andrea Spooner.

Kevin was born Dec. 22, 1956 in Conrad, MT. He graduated from Williston High School in 1975, and attended college in Williston and Albuquerque before earning his Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota Therapy in 1980. He later earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1993. Kevin formed two companies in Williston to promote healthy living; The Body Firm and Spooner Physical Therapy, operating from 1983 to 1998.

Kevin was a gifted athlete and enjoyed competition of any kind. He played college basketball for the UND-W Tetons, UNM Lobos and UND Sioux. He excelled in several sports and competed in triathlons and was also a certified yoga instructor. His most recent interest was playing pickle ball every week. He loved to play games and pinochle. He was unbeatable at Scrabble.

The greatest source of pride and joy to Kevin was his daughter Sierra. She was what he lived for after his stroke and his love and pride in her grew every year. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a big smile when he talked about her.

Kevin had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews: Angie, Brent, Allison, John, Brady, Jared, Elizabeth, Patrick, Adam, Justin, Drew, Callan, Morgan, Reid, Dylan, Lydia and Ryan. At an early age he trained them in the answer to, "Who is your favorite uncle?" He was the uncle who would play any sport or game with the kids, forming a special bond with each of them.

Kevin's close friends were like brothers as well. The First Class Five have been friends since grade school, getting together at least once a year since they were sophomores in high school.

Kevin will always be loved for his positive attitude, encouragement and humor. Even after a stroke affected him at the young age of 41, these qualities persisted. He was always the first person to make a positive comment or give encouragement. He loved to laugh and had the gift of making others laugh too.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7pm, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo. A funeral Mass celebrating his life will be at 10:00 am Friday morning, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo. Burial will be at Holy Cross cemetery in Fargo. Hanson-Runsvold Funeral home is handling the arrangements. Please visit his site at www.hansonrunsvold.com.

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