COL Lawton Cowie "Rick" Rovegno

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 Philippines.
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 people.

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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