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Carleton E. McClure

March 22, 1923 ~ February 21, 2020 (age 96)

Dr. Carleton E McClure, D.C., 96, died Friday, February 21, 2020, of natural causes, at his home in Cascade, CO. with his wife Sharlyn at his side.  Carl was born March 22, 1923 in Buffalo, New York to Glenn Orland McClure and Florence (Szadlowski) McClure.

   Cod or Skitch, as Carl was called in his younger days, attended Buffalo Public School #22, Buffalo Bennett High School, the University of Buffalo, and Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, MO.  During World War II Carleton served in the Navy as Pharmacist's Mate aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Charger CVE 30 and he served in the U.S. Navy Reserves until 1952.

Carl married Norma Belle Bender in June 1947.  After graduating from chiropractic school they moved to Denver Colorado, and in 1952 Carl opened his chiropractic practice in Colorado Springs.  In 1967 Carl was appointed to the first of two terms on the Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Governor John Love, where he was instrumental in establishing acupuncture certification for chiropractors. 

  In 1987 Carl married Sharlyn (Mann) Kosley, and for 33 years they enjoyed life together in their log home watching the wildlife, feeding the birds, and sharing the beauty of the mountains with their family and friends. Holidays and birthdays were happy times filled with storytelling, feasting, and harmonica and drum serenades by Carl.

  "Doc", as he was called by friends and family, was a lifelong student of the healing arts and was constantly reading and researching alternative and complementary medicine. He and Shar traveled to China to learn about and train in various Eastern Medicine practices - knowledge and practices he willingly shared with anyone, including Inky, their cat, who enjoyed having her aura cleansed by Doc.

  Carl’s children remember their father being active at Grace Episcopal Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and helping maintain and improve the Thunderbird Ranch, a church summer camp near Woodland Park.  Carl was active in the Jaycees, where he made friends with Mark Reyner. Mark shared his love of horses and horsemanship and Carl owned several horses. Doc McClure rode with the Colorado Springs Jaycee Chuckwagon on their way to the Denver convention in May of 1959.  Carl’s love of horses may have led to his volunteering as a Colorado Mounted Ranger, although later the CMR mounts were motorcycles and ATVs.  Doc McClure was an active member of the Colorado Mounted Rangers for 30 years, and progressed from Second Lieutenant to Captain at the troop level, squadron Chaplain, Eastern Division Major, and Lieutenant Colonel, and later formed the Retired Rangers Historical Detachment, which led to publishing his book “The History of the Colorado Mounted Rangers” in 1982. 

  Carl shared his love of the outdoors, teaching his children horsemanship, how to fish, and the joys of camping in the mountains of Colorado. His two-week horseback riding adventure in the San Juan Wilderness in the 1960's counts as a big high point in his life.  Taking his young kids (and neighborhood friends) hiking up Pikes Peak remains a treasured family memory.

  Carl is survived by his wife Sharlyn, Carl’s five children Bruce (Alice) McClure, Daniel (Dana) McClure, Susan Shenn, Carl (Kelly Darby) McClure. Kathleen Ranals (Kitty), and Shar’s three children Doug (Valerie) Kosley, Dave (Beth) Kosley, Susan (Dan) Harris.

  Doc McClure was predeceased by his parents, Glen O. and Florence McClure, his first wife Norma (Bender) McClure, sister Florence McClure Pelson Smith, and brothers Guilford O. McClure, Norman G. McClure, Bruce G. McClure and James M. McClure, and step grandson Ben Harris.

 ***Services for Dr. McClure have been postponed.  Please check back for updated information***


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