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Three paperback book jackets from the Roper Collection

Three paperback book jackets
from the Roper Collection


Pittsburg Morning Sun - Sunday, June 14, 1998 - p.6 Col I

L. V. 'Sam' Roper

GIRARD - L.V. "Sam" Roper, 66, Girard, died at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 1998, at Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg. He had been in failing health the past year, and a patient at the hospital for two weeks.

He was born June 19, 1931, in Girard to Lester V. "Samp" Sr. and Clara Evans Roper. He was a Girard High School graduate, and received a bachelor of arts in journalism from Pittsburg State University. He also attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in creative writing.

A writer, Mr. Roper published 11 novels under the pen names of "L.V. Roper" and "Samantha Lester."

He taught writing at the Labette Community College, Parsons, and also taught vocational education at the Southeast Kansas Vo-Tech in Columbus. In addition, he also worked as a welder, a barber and a Fuller Brush salesman.

He served in the Kansas House of Representatives for nine years, retiring in 1991.

Mr. Roper was a member of the First Christian Church, Girard, and the Scottish and York Rite, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a Cub Scout den father and a Girl Scout leader.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy as an electrician, and a member of the Cherokee American Legion.

On Jan. 2, 1957, he married Kathleen "Kim" King in Williams, Ariz. She survives at the home.

Additional survivors include a son, L.V. "Samp" Roper III, Tacoma, Wash.; one daughter, Mary K. Roper, Seattle, Wash.; two half-sisters, Myrtle Smith, Fort Scott, and Alice Reeder, Nevada; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mabel.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Girard City Cemetery with the Rev. Darrell Biggs officiating. Friends are requested to meet at the cemetery. Area American Legion Posts will provide American Legion services at the cemetery.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Monday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. There will be a celebration of Mr. Roper's life at 4 p.m. Friday at the Franklin Civic Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral, Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg.

© - Pittsburg Morning Sun. Used with permission.

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