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John C. Lovett Sr.

John passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Cape Coral, Florida, near Pine Island where he has been spending the winters since 1989.

He was born September 12, 1939 in Plainwell the son of Carl and Margaret (Ames) Lovett. John was a 1957 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. On June 25, 1960 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego he married Sue Galloway, his wife of 59 ½ years, who survives. In 1972 with his father he started Lovett Driveway Company and worked for over 40 years until his retirement. John enjoyed car racing, pony harness racing, fishing, farming, hunting, bowling, golfing, camping, snowmobiling, western movies and books and coaching his grandchildren.

Also surviving are his children, Deb (Mark) Seekman of Otsego, John (Wendy) Lovett of Otsego and Robin (Mike) O’Connor of Wayland; grandchildren, Amanda, Hannah, Adam, Whitney, Brandon, Brett, Ryan and Emily; 3 step-grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren with 4 more on the way; 3 step great-grandchildren; 1 step great-great grandchild and sister, Margaret Ann Howrigon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with John’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 25, 2020 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the

American Diabetes Association

or the

American Kidney Fund


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Joe and Kelly Sherwood

January 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm

A. Sue, Deb, John, Robin and families,

Joe and I are so very sorry for your loss….I have lots of fond memories of U. John. Hugs and prayers your way.

Love Joe and Kelly


Robert K. Jackson

January 6, 2020 at 4:23 pm

John and Sue, Cheryl and Robert Jackson will miss you during our family reunions and our memories of growing up in Otsego High School.

Always our love !


Bob Miles

January 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm

To the Lovett family – sorry to hear of the loss of John Sr. My thoughts are with you.


Bob and Joyce Bloom

January 6, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of John’s family.


Lorna Sisson

January 6, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Dear Lovett Family:

We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We always found him to be such a hardworking, honest and reputable business man. He will be missed in our community. May your wonderful memories help you thru this very difficult time. God Bless,

From Craig and Lorna Sisson


Kim Sheldon

January 6, 2020 at 7:36 pm

John, Deb and families, our sincere condolences. Our prayers to you and your families.

Bryon and Kim Sheldon

Fairhope, AL


Dan Nulty

January 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm

I am moved by this condolence as John has ALWAYS been a man of “what is the right thing to do”. I have had the privilege of working with John since he and his father started Lovett Driveway Company and to this day I am proud to say we still work with with his son John. All three men (Carl, John and John) are/were out to the same mold.

My best to the Lovett family and by proud that you are the relative of such a fine person.


Dave Munn

January 6, 2020 at 10:02 pm

Sue, Deb, John, Robin,

Please accept my deep sympathy at John’s passing. He will be missed! He was an incredibly strong man. He was also caring and kind. I’m praying for God’s peace to wash over you. You’re treasured children of the most high God!

Jane and I are babysitting our granddaughter Friday until about five, so we’ll see you Saturday.


Ruth Thornton

January 7, 2020 at 9:27 am

To all your family. Sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


B & C Trophy Sherry Schumaker

January 7, 2020 at 9:29 am

To the Lovett family,

Our deepest condolences and prayers are being sent to your entire family. What a loss you have suffered, John Sr. was a hard working , honest man and a great family man as well, we know your hearts are hurting. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Sherry Schumaker

Tera Kinnane

B & C Trophy



January 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to the entire Lovett family. Our daughter Rose Markillie was very good friends with Robin during middle and high school years. And Rose spent a lot of time with the Lovett Family. And she always spoke highly of John and the entire family. We are praying for the family at this most difficult time. Dan and Sandy Fleming


Tammy Lutes

January 7, 2020 at 11:32 am

Sending my sincere condolences to Sue, Deb, John and Robin (plus your families & friends). I’m very sorry for your loss. Wishing you all much comfort and peace.


Verlen & Judy Miller

January 7, 2020 at 11:49 am

Dear Sue & family,

Keeping you in our prayers. He was a wonderful man & friend.


Tammy Leonard

January 7, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Dearest Sue, John and Wendy , DEBBIE and Robin and Family ~~sincere Sympathy and Hugs during your time of grieving!

God Bless Greg Bent and Tammy


Laurie Tandy

January 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family for peace and comfort. I remember John from my childhood visits.

Love from

Laurie Tandy


Tim & Diane McPherson

January 8, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Our deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the Lovett family.

Tim & Diane


Barb weaver

January 8, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Lovett family.

Thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories help get you this difficult time.


Pam (Cox) Kelly

January 8, 2020 at 9:04 pm

So sorry to hear about your father. I always have fond memories of him and your mom down on the ball field in Alamo. They did so much for the community by sponsoring, donating and supporting . He is a great guy and a kindhearted man.

May your family find piece in knowing he was loved and he loved big!

My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Lovett Family.


Chet and Shirley Babrick

January 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy. Chet and Shirley


Theresa Irving

January 9, 2020 at 7:41 pm

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.


Nicole MacLeay

January 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

It saddens me to hear this… I was looking forward to seeing him at the dialysis clinic when he returned back to Michigan! John was such an awesome man and I was lucky to be able to care for him and his mother Margaret for many years! Prayers and comfort to his wife and family during this difficult time!


Tom and Bonnie Rosenberg

January 10, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Sue and your family,

We are sorry for your loss, and hope all your good memories help you through this time in your lives. Our thoughts and payers will be with you.


Jackie middlebrooks

January 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Gig bless his soul.


Jeannie Wood

January 12, 2020 at 12:26 pm

So sorry to hear of your dad passing prayers to your whole family.


Ray Fuller

January 13, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Condolence from Ray & Judy Fuller to John Jr. and the whole family on the loss or John Sr. We have known both John’s for several years and two driveways. Always had very communications with the guys throughout the years. I always liked talking the both. Never a dull moment during these conversations.

John is now in a much better place and he will be missed by all for sure.

Rest in peace John.

The Fuller family.


Veronica Crowell

January 13, 2020 at 10:57 pm

Sue and family, sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Needless to say how great of a person John was, as most people that knew him already knew. He will be missed.

Veronica & Ken Crowell



Jody Munn

January 15, 2020 at 8:43 am

Sue, Deb, John and Robin

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have very fond and happy memories of John and he will be missed greatly. Praying for God’s comfort and peace.


Violet Snow

January 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of this great patriarch. I know he is deeply missed but lives on in all he loved.


Nancy Munn

January 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

I’m so sorry to hear. Prayers for the family during this difficult.

Nancy Munn


Bart and Evelyn Steele

January 26, 2020 at 10:27 am

So sorry to hear about John and your loss. Many great family childhood memories to think about, sending thoughts and prayers to you all.


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