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Walter Lewis McVey, Jr.

McVey, Walter Lewis, 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.

 

3 Comments

  1. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on September 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. McVey. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  2. Tom & Debbie Schroeder on September 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

    David & Norma
    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Tom & Debbie Schroeder on September 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    David & Norma, we are so sorry to hear of your loss when I read in the Reporter this morning of Walter’s passing. I have called Mom and Dad to let them know – I am sure they would have seen it but I wanted them to be aware.

    I remember many a day of playing at your house and seeing your Dad. In some ways it seems like a distant pass but in others it seems like just yesterday (our youngest son, Zack, is dating the oldest daughter of the family that currently lives in your old house – what goes around comes around). And just this week,I was again chastised by my mother for us leaving Linda stuck on the top of the elevator crying while we all scampered away.

    I see that it will be a private family service in Independence. We will be thinking of the McVey family all week. If you have time on the busy day, Mom and Dad would love to see you – Mom would probably not be able to get to any kind of service (she is becoming more limited in her movements) but Dad is still pretty spry – they are not doing too bad for being 92 and 95, respectively.

    Again, David & Norma, so sorry for your loss and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru what I am sure is a difficult week as you remember your father and days gone by.

    Sincerely,

    Tom & Debbie Schroeder
    1235 N. Park Blvd
    Independence, KS

    (Debbie and I even live on the old street now)

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