Speero Papas January 14, 1927 – September 13, 2013 Speero Papas, 86, went to be with his heavenly Father on Friday. Speero devoted himself to studying the Word of God, always keeping a steadfast faith in his Lord Jesus Christ. He was born in Ballwin, Missouri to Peter and Alexandra Papas (Papavasiliou), who had immigrated from Greece. Speero and his siblings, Helen, Ann, Mary, Angeline, and Dean, later resided in St. Louis, East St. Louis, and Los Angeles. He served as a technician in the U. S. Army from 1945-1947. Speero attended Washington University (St. Louis), UCLA, and USC, receiving a mechanical engineering degree. In 1951 at a Greek community event, Speero noticed Mary Laros' smile from across the room, and went over and asked her to dance. They were married the following year at St. Sophia's Cathedral in L.A. Being a good husband and father was of utmost importance to Speero, who worked hard for his family, and in the early 1960s left L.A., "selling home and other possessions, and coming to the Loma area to give our children a better life, and to try to make a living in the (sheep) ranching business." His children, Andrea, Darius, and Maria, have many fond memories of growing up in the country. Speero and Mary spent their retirement years in their home surrounded by pine trees up at Glade Park. Speero was an aircraft design engineer for Rockwell International (L.A.), sheep rancher, and supervisor of the mapping department for the Mesa County Assessor's Office. He enjoyed big-game hunting, gardening, exploring Colorado mining country, and rock and gem collecting. Speero was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; parents, Peter and Alexandra, and sisters, Helen Nickolin, Ann Wendt, and Angeline Booras. Survivors include his brother, Dean Papas; sister, Mary Tonge; children, Andrea and Mark Faudree; Darius and Stacy Papas, and Maria and David Crabb; granddaughters, Regina "Gina" Papas and Alexandra "Lexy" Crabb; brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Chapel. Contributions may be made to Glade Park Volunteer Fire Fighters, Glade Park, CO 81523.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Sept. 18, 2013