Dr. Kevin John Lavelle DVM
Garden City - Dr. Kevin John Lavelle DVM, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Garden City, Kansas. He was born on September 24, 1970, in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Dr. John P. Lavelle and Carol Ann (Caveney) Lavelle.
Kevin received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Denver and later went on to complete his Master's in Ruminant Nutrition at Colorado State University, where he also obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Kevin worked most recently for the USDA as a Veterinary Medical Officer of Meat Inspection. In the past, he worked as a ranch hand, as a management intern and later as a superintendent at the National Western Stock Show and Horse Show, as a feedlot manager and graduate research assistant at Colorado State University, as a ruminant nutritionist, and as a consultant for Purina. He was dedicated to the agricultural community and is an asset that will surely be missed.
Kevin grew up riding hunter jumpers in San Antonio, held his Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association card and competed in bulldogging, and later was the rodeo coach at Colorado State University. Kevin was known by his friends as a trivia and history expert, and was hard-working, outgoing, and had a great memory. In return he leaves many good memories of his always opinionated (and usually inappropriate), out-going, and fun-loving personality. Kevin loved to make people smile and always enjoyed a good laugh.
He is survived by his father Dr. John P. Lavelle (and Mary Morgan) of Amarillo, Texas; mother Carol A. Lavelle of Seward, Nebraska; son Reilly Lavelle and daughter Meghan Lavelle both of Scottsdale, Arizona; brother Brennan, Patty, William and Ethan Lavelle of Nebraska; numerous family members in Colorado and New York; and the members of his beloved friend group, "Los Guys". He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Friends & family are invited to celebrate Kevin's life on Saturday, July 17, 2021, with a remembrance service at 11:00 am at Lady Bird Johnson Park (off Hwy 6 on Lady Bird Drive) in Fredericksburg, Texas, followed by a lunch for family and friends. Everyone is invited to reminisce and tell Kevin stories over beers in Luckenbach, TX (412 Luckenbach Town Loop) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. RSVP by text for lunch to (402) 641-1750. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Posted online on June 30, 2021