Walter Lewis McVey, Jr.
Former United States Rep. Walter Lewis McVey, Jr., 92, of Olathe, Kansas passed away Sept. 10, 2014, at home. He was born February 19, 1922, in Independence, Kansas to Walter Lewis McVey and Nona Inge McVey.
McVey was educated in the public schools and graduated from high school in 1940. He attended Independence Junior College for two years and graduated from the University of Kansas with an A.B in 1947 and a J.D. in 1948. He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Independence.
During WWII, McVey served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and was discharged as a staff sergeant. From 1949 to 1960, he served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, as judge of the city court of Independence, and as a member of the Kansas Senate.
McVey was elected to the Eighty-seventh Congress and served from 1961 to 1963. McVey’s committee assignments were to the House Administration and Public Works. Issues of importance to McVey included agriculture and flood control in Southeast Kansas.
After Congress, McVey worked as a management consultant in Washington, D.C.; executive director of the Fulton County, Ga., Republican Party; staff counsel to the Georgia Municipal Association; professor of political science at Georgia State University and at Mercer University in Atlanta; and dean of DeKalb College in Dunwoody, Ga. Throughout his life, McVey was an avid photographer.
Survivors include son, David McVey of Olathe; daughter-in-law, Norma McVey; grandchildren, Amy Haake and Scott McVey of Lawrence, Kansas and David McVey, Jr. of Olathe; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Rose Mary Mong; son, Walter McVey III; brother, Lawrence McVey; and second wife, Velma McVey.
A private family service will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas.