Rob Halla Obituary, Death – Robert M. Lovell peacefully passed away at the age of 93 on June 19, 2014. On August 7, 1945, Bud married the love of his life, Roberta Haadsma, who preceded him in death on February 28, 2004.
He is survived by his children, Jack and Mary Lovell, Janet (the late William) Giberson, and Dr. Mark and Eileen Lovell. Bud is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Andrea Lovell and her daughter Claire, Jenny (Owen) Mesdag and their son Tao, Carrie (Zack) McInelly and their children Dylan and Ella, Tim Giberson, Christine (Shawn) Aardema and their children Zachary Robert and Alex, Sean Lovell, and Emily Lovell. Additionally, surviving are the remaining family members of Roberta, including Marjorie Eppink, Edwin Martin, Delores Haadsma, and Mary (John) Stadt, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bud had a circle of close friends with whom he and his family shared many cherished moments over the years.
Known affectionately as Bud or Bob to his loved ones, he was born to Mack and Halla Lovell and had a brother named Jack Lovell, who passed away as a teenager. Bud grew up in the Sand Lake area and graduated from Belding High School. He served with pride in the Pacific Theatre from 1940 to 1945 and was recently recognized as one of the last six soldiers from the Red Arrow Division in the Muskegon region. After spending most of his adult life in Grand Rapids, Bob relocated to Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center in Norton Shores to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. The family expresses gratitude for the affectionate care he received at Seminole Shores, as well as the compassionate support provided by Harbor Hospice during his final weeks.
Prior to his retirement, Bob worked as a dedicated employee at the Grand Rapids Press. Throughout his life, he cultivated various interests. He showcased his love for music by singing in the choir at Second Congregational UCC for many years, as well as participating in the Great Lakes Chorus and barbershop quartets. He also took pleasure in owning and restoring Model As, and was an active member of the Grand A’s.
Cremation has already taken place, and Bob will be laid to rest alongside Roberta in the Memory Garden at Second Congregational UCC during a private family service. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert Lovell will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 2:00 pm, officiated by Rev. Heather Dean. Prior to the service, his children and grandchildren will greet relatives and friends from 1-2 pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel. For those wishing to make a contribution in his memory, donations can be made to the Roberta & Robert Lovell Athletic Scholarship, c/o NMU Foundation, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855, or to a charity of their choice.