Roger W. Lovett, 92, of Topeka, went to his eternal rest on Thursday.
He was born June 22, 1925, in McPherson, the son of William M. and Sibyl B. (Warner) Lovett.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 18. He was trained as a pilot at Luke Field in Arizona and flew a B-25 bomber in the South Pacific during the last years of World War II.
After the war, he returned to Lawrence, where he completed college and graduated from the University of Kansas’ law school in 1951. He was in private practice in McPherson before being elected McPherson’s County Attorney.
In 1961, he moved to Oklahoma where he was owner/operator of the KALV radio station in Alva. In 1972, he moved to Topeka and went to work as an attorney for the Kansas Civil Rights Commission.
Flying was always his passion and in the 1950s he joined the Air National Guard where he was a jet pilot. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, William and Sibyl Lovett; a sister, Eunice (Lovett) Kelley; wives, Norma Jean (Rissler) Lovett; and Linda (Hendryx) Lovett; and Elsie (Bloomquist) Lovett; infant daughter, Linda Jean Lovett; son Michael W. Lovett; and infant grandson, James M. Hill.
He is survived by wife, Chris McCoy; daughters Dianne M. (Lovett) Hill; Suzanne (Lovett) Simpson; and sons James W. Lovett; and Brent R. Lovett; grandchildren Jason, Aaron and Tim Hill; Sarah Nylund; Russell and Bill Bomberger; Christopher and Jay Lovett; Audrey Lovett; Andrew and Nathan Lovett; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He had five stepchildren, Barbara McCoy (deceased), Chris McCoy, Patrick McCoy, Michael McCoy, and Elizabeth (McCoy) Schraeder; and 10 stepgrandchildren.