Lovell Killpack, W7CU, Silent Key August 28, 2019

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    Lovell A. Killpack, W7CU SK


    Lovell Albert Killpack, Jr., 94, of Orem, UT passed away peacefully in his home on August 26, 2019. Born on April 30, 1925 in Provo, UT, he is the eldest son of Lovell Albert and Hazel Foote Killpack.

    Lovell has always had an inquisitive mind and thirst for learning. He graduated from BYU Academy and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in communications and NBC Broadcast School in Los Angeles.

    Lovell developed a passion for amateur “ham” radios and built his first AM radio at age eleven. As a teenager, he was in contact with ham operators in Honolulu when the bombing of Pearl Harbor commenced. He later worked as the engineer and broadcast journalist for KOVO Radio. At age 90 he made the international ARRL DXCC Honor Roll for reaching a rare milestone of making radio contact with 333 countries.

    Lovell entered military service in 1943 and trained as a fighter pilot of the P-51 Mustang. He met his best friend, Beverly Jean Brown, at a Church dance in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ while on military pilot training. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on January 30, 1946. WWII ended one week before he was to be deployed.

    In 1949 he re-enlisted as a communications officer in the Air Force Ready Reserves. He retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel after 42 years of military service.

    Lovell’s passions include a love for all people, desire to serve, family history and temple service, radio, photography and fishing. He turned his passion for radios into a thriving business. He opened the area from Price, UT to the point of the mountain for all installation and maintenance of all police and emergency vehicle 2-way radio networks. As an adept entrepreneur, Lovell soon launched Radio Communications Service, a now successful multi-generational business on State Street in Orem.

    Lovell's exemplification of hard work, empathy, and resilience in everything he did made him a community role model and cherished friend wherever he went. A man of steadfast faith and unshakable dedication, he also served in many rewarding callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. Later in life, Lovell and Beverly entered missionary service together on Long Island in the New York, New York Mission from 1978-79.

    Lovell is preceded in death by his parents Lovell Albert and Hazel Foote Killpack, brother Garth Killpack, sister Marilyn Meldrum, grandson David Miller, and great-grandson Daniel Johnson. He is survived by his wife Beverly, siblings Kenneth (Doris), Weston (Lois), Elaine Johnson (Wayne), Myra Prince (Tom), children Karen Miller (Larry), Vicki Hess (Stephen), Kim (Ann), Peggy Rice (Terry), Jan Johnson (Ronald), Chris (Shelby), thirty-three grandchildren, ninety four great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends who love and will miss him dearly.

    A viewing will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Hillcrest 3rd Ward chapel/Stake Center, 1450 S 800 E, Orem, UT from 6:00-8:00 PM and again the following morning from 11:00-12:30 PM prior to the funeral services. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 31 at 1:00 PM in the Hillcrest 3rd Ward chapel/Stake Center. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Orem City Cemetery at 1520 N 800 E (NE quadrant).
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