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Walter R. Revell Sr.

August 9, 2000

Walter R. Revell Sr.
1919-2000

Graveside services for Walter Raymond Revell Sr., 81, Topeka, were last Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5252 W. 19th Street, Topeka.

Mr. Revell died July 30, 2000, at a Topeka area hospital. He was born July 6, 1919, in Girard.

Mr. Revell grew up in Girard, graduated from Pittsburg State Teachers college with a degree in education. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated as a pilot from the Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala. After World War II, he returned to Pittsburg, Kan.

He married LaVonia Smith. He then moved to Hutchinson, where he was a youth director at the YMCA. He divorced in 1958 and moved with his three sons to Topeka. He worked as the assistant director of the Carver Branch-Black YMCA from 1959 to the mid-1960s. He then worked as a career counselor at the Kansas Department of Human Resources until the early 1970s. He earned a master's degree in 1971 from Emporia State Teachers College. He was then a civil service employee at Fort Riley in the education department, and later worked at Whitman Air Force Base in Sedalia, Mo.

After retirement, he traveled the country, sharing his music with congregations of the RLDS Church.

Mr. Revell recently had lived in McLouth and attended the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church in Tonganoxie.

Survivors include three sons, Walter Revell Jr., Topeka, Joseph Revell, Hollywood, Fla., and Darnell Revell, Grandview, Mo.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Penwell-Gable Midtown Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

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