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1938 Ken 2022

Colonel Kenneth D. Loveless, U.S. Army Ret.

September 17, 1938 — December 24, 2022

Kenneth Dale Loveless was born September 17, 1938 in Amarillo, TX to Mildred Lemke and Manuel Loveless. He flew west and peacefully began Eternal Rest on December 24, 2022.

Ken graduated from University High School in Waco, West Texas State University, and received his Masters from Boston University.

He began life in Adrian, TX on the farm with his Grandparents Lemke where he developed an interest in aviation as WWII began. He was a career aviator flying airplanes and helicopters in the Army. He was a Master Aviator and Master Parachutist. He retired in 1991 as a Colonel with 30 years of service. He served two tours in Viet Nam, Germany, England, Korea, and several states from Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, and Utah.

His military awards include the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit, and 26 Air Medals. He was our Hero and a great patriot.

Ken loved God, his family, and his country. He was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. He was a people person having volunteered several years as a docent at the Bush Presidential Library. He was a 32 degree Mason and a member of Arabia Shrine. He was a member of Christ Church, the American Legion, Viet Nam Helicopter Pilots Association, DAV, Military Officers Association, AUSA, and a founding member of "Been Shot At" career aviators.

Ken is predeceased by his parents; son, Robert; and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Sandra; son, Kenny (Valarie) Loveless of College Station; daughter, Kim (Joel) Smith of Utah; stepdaughter, Elizabeth (Ed) Rohach of Nixa, MO; brothers, Jerry (Alma) Eskue, Tommy (Neitta) Loveless, and Larry (Sharon) Loveless; sister, Jackie (Mario) Ramos; step-sister, Roberta Petruska; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Please consider making a donation in Ken’s memory to Shriners Childrens Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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