|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1848|
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1941|
John William Lovitt, born April 4, 1848, in Muskingum, Ohio, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Townsend, in Casper, Wyoming on Thursday, October 16, at the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 12 days.
At the age of eight, he came with his parents to Illinois, settling near LaHarpe. In 1872 he was married to Miss Sarah Hunter at Terre Haute, Illinois. Seven children were born to this union. The wife and mother passed away in 1929 and two of the children have since passed away, Claude W. Lovitt and Maude L. Richardson. The remaining children are Burdette L. of Ainsworth; Fenton K., Johnstown; Arch P. of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mrs. L. Madge Townsend, Casper, Wyoming and Mrs. Stella M. Wynant, Araphoe, Wyoming. Also thirty-seven grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren survive him.
In 1896 Mr. Lovitt moved his family to Johnstown, Nebraska settling on a homestead south of town. He farmed in that vicinity for a number of years and later moved to Johnstown. Upon the death of his wife in 1929 he went to Wyoming to make his home with his daughters, and there he spent his declining years.
Mr. Lovitt was a man of sterling character, genial, kindly, neighborly and patient, always ready to do a kind turn to any one in need, or in sickness, and he numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was a real pioneer, sturdy, industrious, and ingenious in finding ways to replace the conveniences which the early settlers left behind in the east and sorely missed in this new country.
He had a constitution and an endurance seldom found in this later generation, having spent his 75th birthday in the Ainsworth hospital with badly broken hip. He recovered from this accident which would have proved fatal to many younger people and was able to work hard for another ten years. Mr. and Mrs. Lovitt were both members of the Johnstown Methodist church and led consistent Christian lives through all their years.
Besides his immediate family he also leaves three brothers, Jasper, Andrew, and Horace Lovitt, all of La Harpe, Illinois.
Funeral services were held at the Johnstown Methodist church on Monday, conducted by Rev. J.A. Rogers, and interment was made beside his wife in the Woodlawn Cemetery east of Johnstown.
Source: "Brown Co. Democrat"; Ainsworth, Nebraska: October 31, 1941
Sarah Elizabeth Hunter Lovitt (1855 - 1929)*
Claud Lovitt (1880 - 1929)*
Maud Leora Lovitt Richardson (1883 - 1933)*
Lucy Madge Lovitt Townsend (1891 - 1956)*
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Record added: Jul 05, 2009
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