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1934 Donald 2020

Donald E. Lovejoy

March 22, 1934 — March 8, 2020

Donald E. Lovejoy, Marion IL, formerly of Grand Tower, IL



Donald E. Lovejoy, 85, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2020 at 4:25 am in Carbondale Memorial Hospital with family by his side. He was born March 22, 1934 in St Louis, MO to Mary Clarice Qualls and Edward Lovejoy. He spent much of his youth living with his grandmother in Grand Tower, IL and his mother in St Louis MO where she worked. He attended Hadley Technical High School in St Louis.



The Mississippi River in Grand Tower was always fascinating to Don. As a child he loved sneaking over to play around the river. He would see the tow boats and barges go by and decided that was what he wanted to do. He worked on the river, mainly for Sinclair Oil and Mobil Oil, for 40 years working his way up to pilot in 1959 and Captain in 1961. He retired in June of 1994.



On August 3rd of 1954 he married the love of his life Lorene Rains in Hernando, MS. They had two children, Dona and Alan.



For brief periods, Don pursued other career paths. Don and Lorene opened a Laundromat/car wash in Grand Tower and he purchased the Tower Rock Ferry which was a key link between Wittenberg MO and Grand Tower IL, enabling commerce of goods such as forest and agricultural products between the two. In addition, he acquired several farming properties near Grand Tower. He loved to help out in the fields when he could. During his time off, Don loved to hunt and fish with his buddies.



Don travelled extensively while his daughter was in the military, including several cruises (Hawaii, Alaska, and Panama Canal), and many countries throughout Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His favorite spot was Hawaii and he said you have to go a long way to find somewhere more beautiful than Hawaii.



Due to illness, Don and Lorene moved from Grand Tower to Marion in 2009 to be closer to their children. They both hated leaving Grand Tower and missed visiting with their friends at home and at the local coffee shop. It wasn’t long before they made new friends in Marion which made it a little easier for them to live away from their hometown of many years. They continued to visit friends at Grand Tower, always with a stop to check on the Mississippi river, as much as possible.



Despite all his accomplishments, his children were his greatest joy. Dona served in the Air Force for 28 years, retiring as a Colonel. His son-in-law of 39 years, Arthur Hanley, served in the Air Force for 22 years and retired as a Lt Colonel. His son, Alan Lovejoy, became a Certified Public Accountant and retired as a partner for the accounting firm Gray Hunter Stenn LLP in Marion IL.



Don is survived by his wife, Lorene Rains Lovejoy, residing in Marion IL, and his children Dona (Art) Hanley residing at Lake of Egypt IL and Alan Lovejoy residing in Marion IL. Also surviving are one step grandson, Aaron Hanley of Port Orange, FL and two step great grandchildren, Tiffany Hanley of Port Orange FL and Jason Hanley of Greenville OH, sister-in-laws Velma (Jim) Sumner of Grand Tower IL, and Judy (Herb) Heaton of Dorsey, Il, a niece, Karen Sheets of Edwardsville IL and two nephews, Herb (Dawn) Heaton of Edwardsville IL and Timothy Sumner of Ava, IL, great nieces and nephews and several cousins.



He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Clarice Qualls, and father Edward Lovejoy, maternal grandparents, Rufus and Margaret “Maggie” Qualls of Grand Tower and 10 aunts and uncles. He was also preceded in death by one step grandchild, Jason Hanley of Sudbury, MA.



He will be dearly missed. Visitation will be from 9-11am March 12th at the Grand Tower Methodist Church at 423 2nd St followed by the memorial service at 11am. Burial will follow at Walker Hill cemetery in Grand Tower, IL with a meal following at the Grand Tower civic center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Tower Methodist Church, PO Box 46, Grand Tower, IL 62942.



Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Don visit www.meredithfh.com.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, March 12, 2020

9:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Grand Tower United Methodist Church

, Grand Tower, IL 62942

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Service

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Grand Tower United Methodist Church

, Grand Tower, IL 62942

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Graveside

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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