TOPEKA — Roger D. Love Jr., Burlingame, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, at University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, Topeka. He was 60.
He was born Jan. 15, 1961, in Wichita, the son of Roger D. Love Sr. and Barbara Ann (Duncan) Love. He grew up in the Burlingame area, graduating from Burlingame High School in 1979. He went on to college at Coffeyville Community College on a track scholarship.
Roger joined the Army National Guard in 1985 as a helicopter mechanic. He then became a crew chief, tech inspector, radio/computer repairer and computer specialist. He retired as Sgt. Maj. Love.
He had a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe & Power plant license. He was a lifelong member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the National Rifle Association.
Roger’s favorite activities were being outdoors in the woods, even if that meant working, but he truly loved hunting and fishing. He hunted in Colorado, Montana and Canada, getting a 6×5 bull elk in Montana with a rifle, and a black bear in Canada with a bow and arrow.
If he wasn’t hunting, he was always talking hunting with his son and friends. He also loved being Papa Roger, playing, tickling and picking on his granddaughters. He was a man of his word and was always there at the drop of a hat to help his children and friends. He had a huge heart and wore it on his sleeve, but always stood up for what he believed was right. His favorite saying was “Choices and Consequences,” which his children live by daily.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara Ann and Roger D. Love Sr.
He is survived by a daughter, Shelby Succi (Joseph); a son, David Love; two granddaughters, Finlee and Charlie Succi; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at the Federated Church, Burlingame. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, Burlingame.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413.
Condolences may be left at Lamb-Roberts.com.