Archive for July, 2014

Lovilia Grandsons do well at State High School Track Tournament

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Ryan and Luke Sarver were half of the 4×200 and 4 x400 meter relay teams that made it to represent Albia Comm. H.S.  The team won the title. They are the grandsons of Joe and Wanda Flahive.

Tanner Wynn ran in the 800 and on the 4 x 800 team.  The 4 x 800 team did not win but broke the local school record by over five seconds. Also on the team were the Sarver boys.  Tanner is the grandson of Jerry and Camilla Wynn.

Congrats boys on a great season in track!!

Donna Flattery Retires From Teaching

Donna, daughter of Don and Marty Major, retired at the end of this school year.  She grew up in Lovilia and earned her teaching degree from William Penn in Oskaloosa.  She first taught in Lovilia first grade.  Donna has taught 39 years with most of them in Kindergarten.  She and her husband, Mike Flattery reside in Knoxville.  Enjoy your golden years, Donna!

William N. Yates Dies

William born Dec.22, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to William Henry and Mae Ellen Yates.  Due to injuries from a fall he died at age 86 on June 1, 2014.  Burial was at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

William was a Private First Class in the Air Force during WWII  and served in Japan. He worked many years as an arborist.

Will is survived by a sister of Cedar Rapids and seven children. Both Michael and James are residents of Lovilia.

May he rest in peace.

Darwin “Peanuts” Gordon and Harold Parker Honored with WWII Vets

Albia newspapers did a special D-Day paper for the 70 anniversary of D-Day.    Darwin was wounded twice in Italy and then was hit by bullets in a battle in France.  He spent many long months in the hospital.  He was wounded in the stomach, lost most of his left elbow.  He wears an elbow brace and braces on both legs today.

Harold Parker of rural Lovilia joined the Army Air Force, went to ground school, and served on ground crews in England.

We can not thank these men enough for their service to us to preserve our freedoms. May God bless you and give you peace.

Dorothy Claire Smith Dies

Dorothy was born to Andy and Josephine Long Claire on Dec. 15, 1923. She was educated in Lovilia schools.  She married Dr. Robert Smith and took schooling to be a lab assistant and worked with her husband in the Albia Smith Hospital.  Later she gave many years of dedicated service to promoting Rathbun Lake and was past pres. of the lake association and a regional director of Crappiethon.  She was preceded in death by her husband, son, and parents. Burial was at Oakview Cemetery in Albia.  May she rest in peace.

Dorothy Lynn Hogeland Dies

Dorothy was the daughter of Herbert Lee and Carabelle Drum Sherman and was born March 28, 1927 in Galesburg, Illinois.  Dorothy married Leroy Hogeland Dec.1, 1962  in Galesburg and then moved to Lovilia.  She is survived by her husband and three children: Andrea of Lovilia, Alicia of Moline, Ill.,, and John of San Francisco, Cal. and four grandchildren.  She died June 6, 2014 at age 87. Funeral services were at Lovilia United Methodist Church and she was later cremated.  May she rest in peace.

Trap Team Did Well

Ryan Romanco, Hunter McAninch and Case Scieszinski all with Lovilia roots are hitting the target well!  Congrats on your showing this season!

Jim Wynn Retires As Coach

Jim Wynn, son of Jerry and Camilla Wynn, retired this year after 29 years as an assistant football coach at Albia Comm. H. S. He grew up in Lovilia and attended Lovilia schools.  Enjoy your extra time with family!

Lovilia UMC

Lovilia Methodists held a clean-up day. Over a dozen kids joined Rev. Dozer to get r done.  The church hosted Vacation Bible School June 23-25.

Iva Mae Hatfield’s Students in Piano Recital

Her students performed June 22 at the Albia Baptist Temple.  Thirteen students performed.  The public was invited.

Steve Beary Tops in Land Sales

Steve Beary , son of Jim and Shirley Beary , lives in Albia and works for Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland.  He was recognized for being one of the top in land sales for this quarter of 2014.  Congrats to Steve!

Edwin “Ed” Loraine Overturf Dies

He was born Aug. 16,1924 to Archibald “Burn” and Ethel Burkman Overturf in Belknap, Iowa.  Ed’s family moved to the Lovilia area and he went to school in Lovilia and graduated high school in the class of 1943.  He served in the Army in Europe and Africa during WWII.  His career was with John Deere, then the VA Hospital in Knoxville, Ia. and then worked the the funeral home in Albia.  Virginia Helen Gibson married Ed Aug. 17, 1946 and they had two sons, Tony and Jim. She died in 1991 and he later married Lucille Amoss in 1999.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, two step daughters, and  three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.   Funeral services will be July 7, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia. Burial with military rites will be in Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Lovilia T-Ball Team is the “Lions”

Beginning ball players have a team in Lovilia coached by William and Sadie Dykstra, Christian Williams, and Heather Pettyjohn.  Children on the coed team are:  Everett Hoy, Kylie Manser, Brian Brown, Lillee Carlson, Garrett Dykstra, Koltin Wynn, Braydon Manser, Titus Smith, Carson Dykstra, Hannah Smith, Brayden Pettyjohn, Carter Pettyjohn, And Aiden Aldridge.  Hope you have had fun learning to catch,  bat, and run the bases.  Have Fun!

Ogle Manager of Pizza Hut

Britt Ogle of Lovilia was hired as manager of the Albia Pizza Hut about six months ago.  Britt says he has upgraded the “hut” and has new staff on board.  Check it out!  We wish you success in your new career.

Buy “Upon This Rock” History

If you want a copy of the history of St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Lovilia written by Ellie Sofranko and Catherine Ross and published in 1982, contact Catherine’s relative at this email address:

Weller Picnic July 19

Jim McGinn says the picnic is on!  Lunch is served from 11:30am-1:00pm.  Menu:  grilled pork loin, brats, pasta salad, baked beans, soda, ice tea, lemonade or water.  There will be live country and Irish music.  Lawn chairs and personal coolers welcome.  Fun for all and some Irish dancing may be done too!