COL Lawton Rovegno, 78, of Carlisle, passed away
Tuesday, August 1, 2006.
Rick was born April 13, 1928, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late COL Eugene and
Margaret Cowie Rovegno. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, the
former Evelyn Marie Brindle.
He is survived by his sons, Commissioner Richard Rovegno and his wife, Karen and
COL John Rovegno and his family, Kay, Aaron and Lauren, all of Carlisle; two
brothers, retired Lt Col Eugene Rovegno of Florida and Donald Rovegno of
California; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
He graduated from West End High School in Nashville, Tennessee, studied at
Dickinson College and received a Bachelors Degree from the University of the
COL Rovegno enlisted in the Army, then graduated from the Officers' Candidate
School and was commissioned a regular Army Infantry Lieutenant at the age of
nineteen. Rick served around the world in the Infantry and the Army Security
Agency, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam. He held command positions
in peace and war, at the platoon, company, battalion and regimental levels.
Colonel Rovegno received numerous awards and decorations, including 3 awards of
the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, the
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and, the one most meaningful to him, the Combat
Infantryman's Badge. In 2001 he was inducted into the Officers' Candidate School
Hall of Fame; and was awarded the Knowlton Award, by the Military Intelligence
Corps Association for lifetime achievements in Military Intelligence.
Upon retirement, COL Rovegno helped found Rovegno's of Carlisle, Inc., Rovegno
Properties and Rovegno Real Estate Partners.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, chaired the board of
The Helen Stevens Mental Health Center, was a board member of The Salvation
Army, and a strong supporter of the Carlisle Theatre and its endowments, and a
member of the Exchange Club and Masonic Lodge. COL Rovegno was a member of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #477 and the Disabled American Veterans. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and was an avid reader.
A life-long Boy Scout, he founded Explorer Post 189 at Allison Methodist Church.
He led this co-ed organization on more than 100 nights of high adventure
canoeing trips throughout the United States, helping to instill the qualities of
leadership, confidence, initiative, teamwork and community service in many young
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201
West Louther Street, Carlisle at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 10th. Burial will be
at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The family is receiving friends from 6-9
p.m., on Wednesday, August 9th at Hoffman Roth Funeral Home at 219 North Hanover
Street, Carlisle and from 9 a.m., Thursday until the time of the service in the
church. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 4219
Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
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