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Clifford Max Lovell (2011)


Posted By: Shirley Keating (email)
Date: 1/3/2012 at 21:39:09

Overton Funeral Home, Indianola, Iowa


Clifford Lovell of Indianola passed away Friday, January 21, 2011 at the age of 86.

He was known as Max, born January 24, 1924, first born of Clifford Boyd and Carrie Geneva Lovell at Adair, Iowa. He attended rural one room schools until fourth grade and then attended Wiota Consolidated until graduation in 1941. He thoroughly enjoyed his years at Wiota High School where he achieved some athletic success in a school noted for academic excellence and athletic prowess in basketball and baseball. He was drafted and served with the 11th Airborne in the Pacific. On return to home, he went into farming with his father and in 1948, he and Ruth Marie Hoadley were united in marriage in Chillicothe, MO. To this union four children were born, Jerry Lynne Lovell, Indianola; Kelly Dean Lovell, Des Moines; Vicki Ann Reeves, Indianola; and Kimberly Kay Lovell, Indianola.

In his 20ís and 30ís, Max played basketball on various town teams and at age 32 decided he was too slow, so took up golf as a hobby which soon became an addiction. He played golf all over the U.S. of A. and in Ireland, Scotland, and England. In the mid 60ís, Max discovered the world of art and took up painting canvases and over the last 40 years managed to cover the walls of friends and relatives and leaves this world with a house full of canvas, golf clubs, paint and brushes.

Max farmed until 1952 when he went broke, left the farm to seek his fortune in Des Moines (but never found it.) His first job was with York Air and then he worked for Frye Manufacturing for 33 years starting as a machine operator, then shift supervisor and then 14 years as plant superintendent. During his years at Frye, he garnered a number of awards, Supervisor of the Year (1968) of 13 Frye plants which bought him a trip to Scotland and England (to satisfy his golf longings) and in 1983 was named Employee of the Year of 13 plants and was rewarded with an all expense paid trip to Hawaii, which never came due to Ruthís health condition. Max always let it be known that his days at Frye Manufacturing were the greatest.

Max is survived by his wife, Ruth; four children, Jerry Lynne, Kelly Dean, Vicki Ann and Kimberly Kay; and in addition eight grandchildren, Jason Lovell, Jeffrey Lovell, Joshua Lovell, Eric Lovell, Gwen Kollath, Ryan Lovell, Kacy Reeves and Dustin Lovell; plus great grandchildren, Faith and Hailey Lovell, Stella, Mary and Ellis Lovell, Claire Kollath, Addyson Franc, Blake Lovell, Molly and Maura Ballagh; and a sister, Berniece Lovell.

There will be no services and burial will be in the Indianola I.O.O.F. Cemetery. On-Line condolences may be made to www.overtonfunerals.com.


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