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Elmer L. Lovett Jr., born Feb. 29, 1924, in Devol, Okla., to Elmer L. Lovett Sr. and Nancy (White) Lovett, died on March 31, 2017, in Tahlequah, Okla., at the age of 93. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps June 1943-March 1945, during WWII. He was a radio mechanic specialist in France, Belgium, Germany, and England. He married Eleanore L. (Batka) in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 11, 1950. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 1985. Together they had three children: Donald L. (Rebecca), Ewing, N.J.; Bonnie J. (Joseph) Zavoral, Kansas, Illinois; and Kenneth D. (Koni), Clinton, IL. He had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He worked as a master carpenter, a custom cabinet maker, and also owned and ran a hunting and fishing camp in Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada, and an Atlantic Salmon Fishing Lodge in Pinware Labrador, Canada. In the 1970s, he opened Lovetts Jewelry in LaGrange Park, Ill., where he repaired and created custom jewelry. Upon his retirement in 1986, he moved to Cookson, Okla., where he met and married Juanita (Callison) on May 25, 1988. She survives. He had three step-children: Ginger (Keith) Pack and Terry (Dale) Clayton, both of Gore, Okla., and Danny (Esta) Allen, of Enid, Okla.

Elmer was an avid out-doors man who loved gardening and fishing for catfish on Lake Tenkiller in his 20-ft. canoe. He made his own wine and loved spoiling his miniature schnauzer, Suzi, with peanut butter snacks.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and one daughter-in-law. He is survived by one sister, Ellen (Gordon) Fitzgerald of Tulsa. The family wishes to thank Grace Living Center, East Shawnee, in Tahlequah, for the care he received and Good Shepherd Hospice. There will be a private family graveside service at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

Memorials can be given in his honor to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or www.dementiasociety.org.
Published on April 3, 2017
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