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Rodger D. Love, Sr., 63, died June 4, 2011 at Riverbend Assisted Living, Great Bend, Kansas. He was born June 21, 1947 at Stafford, Kansas, the son of Gerald and Wanda (Ritter) Love. He was a graduate of Barton Community College. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Larned, Kansas, Mr. Love was a delivery driver for UPS for twenty-six years. He was a United States Navy veteran during the Vietnam Conflict. The ship on which Rodger was stationed recovered the Apollo 8 Spacecraft. He enjoyed his family, friends, westerns, and the pursuit of his next vehicle purchase.
He was of the protestant faith.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Wanda and Jesse Torrez, Great Bend; two sons: Ricky Love and wife Becky, Great Bend; and Rodger Love, Jr., Topeka, Kansas; one daughter, Shannon Love and companion Marty Prester, Great Bend; one brother, Jack Love and wife Eileen, Great Bend; companion, Joyce Rose, Great Bend; five grandchildren: Justin Love, Brandon Love, London Love-Prester, and Haven Love-Prester, all of Great Bend; and Jaden Love, Topeka; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Love; and one sister, Bonnie Powell.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Bryant Funeral Home. The Reverend James A. Strasen officiated. Burial was in Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Barton County Relay for Life or Hospice Care of Kansas, in care of the funeral home.