Robert G. Lovell, 89Robert G. Lovell, age 89, of Janesville, died Saturday, Jan. 21, at Select Specialty Hospital, Madison.
Robert G. Lovell, age 89, of Janesville, died Saturday, Jan. 21, at Select Specialty Hospital, Madison.
He was born in River Falls, Wis., on Jan. 2, 1923, the son of Byrne and Sadie (Megorden) Lovell. Bob served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII in the South Pacific. He was a rear gunner aboard the B-29 bombers and had survived three crashes. Upon his discharge, he returned to Wisconsin and obtained degrees in agriculture and mathematics. After a brief time as a teacher in the Lodi school district, he began a career with the USDA as Rock County supervisor for the FHA program. He held this position from 1956 until his retirement in 1981. Bob married Irene F. Gense on Oct. 30, 1948, in Shell Lake, Wis.
He was a member of the Warbirds. Bob and Irene wintered many years in Tucson, Ariz., where he loved rock polishing, leatherwork, and painting. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; three children, Don (Chris) Lovell of Milton, Jane Marcks of Edgerton, and Laura (Patrick) Turk of Joliet, Ill.; five grandchildren, Scott (Gail) Lovell, Michelle (Chris) Green, Josh (Katy) Marcks, Katie and Maggie Turk; six great-grandchildren, Malorie, Ryan, Seth, Jacob, Alayna, and Brecklen; and a sister, Bernice Wolf of River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Laura Lovell Hessenauer; and a sister, Dorothy Winans.
Private family memorial services will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville. Pastor Jerry Amstutz will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
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