ADRIAN, MISSOURI - Robert R. Lovelace, 81, of Adrian, Mo., went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, surrounded by friends and family.
Born April 8, 1924 in Greene County, he was the son of Urban and Dona Lovelace. On Aug. 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mary Josephine Jackson.
He and his brothers and sister grew up in Greene County. He was a World War II veteran and served with the Army Air Corps. He worked 40 years in the coal mining industry, operating drag lines and heavy equipment. That industry brought him to Missouri, where his last employment was with P&M Coal Company in LaCygne, Kan. Not one to be idle, after retirement in 1990, he pursued other interests including bulldozing and farming.
Robert gave his heart to the Lord in 1949. He was a member of the Victory Assembly of God Church in Adrian, where he served the Lord faithfully not only as a member, but as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, laborer, friend, and mentor. He loved his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren.
Survivors include: his wife of 58 years Mary Josephine; three sons, Alan and his wife Teri of Carterville, Ill., Mark and his wife Pam, and Steve and his wife Albeth, all of Adrian, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Ryan and his wife Terra of Franklin, Tenn., Monty and his wife Mary of Auburne, Neb., Brock of Aurora, Ill., Aden of St. Joseph, Mo., Michael and his wife Stephanie of Nevada, Iowa, Mark Alan of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Sarah of Adrian, Mo.; one brother Kermin and his wife Nancy of Dugger; and one sister Nelda and her husband Bud of Linton; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Hubert.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Atkinson Chapel Funeral Home in Adrian Missouri. Burial will be in Crescent Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bates County Hospice or to Crescent Hill Cemetery.