Archive for March, 2017

Linda Chance Kendall Died March 16th

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Linda Elaine Chance Kendall died March 16, 2017  She was born on Oct. 5, 1942 to Alva and Pauline (Hittle)Chance of Lovilia.  Linda had five siblings:  Jim ( and the late Alice) Chance, Duane and Betty Chance, Bobby and Linda Chance, Jim and Nancy (Chance) Lenger, and Carolyn Chance.

Linda graduated from Albia High School.  She then worked as a secretary, helped on the farm, worked in her husband’s business, Gamble’s Hardware Store in Albia, and helped her son with his businesses,Quiktron and Muddy Outdoors.

On January 7, 1962, Linda married Dayton Kendall and shared 55 years together. They had two children, Dee and Larry.

Linda enjoyed listening to the music of her husband’s band, quilting, playing cards, and caring for the farm’s animals.  She was a meticulous bookkeeper, frugal, and a very hard worker.

Her husband and daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are her son, his wife Gervaise, and three grandchildren, Gage, Lainy, and Jack.

Visitation at Tharp’s funeral home in Albia will be Tuesday, Mar.21 ,2017 from 3-8 p.m.  Family will be present from 6-7:30 p.m.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mar.22, 2017 at Tharp’s.  Burial will follow at Osborn Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Osborn Cemetery.

May she rest in Peace.


Lovilia 2017 Fall Festival Has a New Date

The festival will be September 30, 2017, Saturday.  Our festival chairperson this year is Kristen Mick.

Plans are for a night parade this year. If you want to enter the parade, start planning on putting lights on your entry.  The parade will line up at 6:30 p.m. and start down main street (E avenue) at 7 p.m.

Some activities being planned are:  firemen water fights, car show, kid’s games, bags tournament, food booth at the Community Building, kettle corn, and a 50/50 raffle.

It was decided not to print a new T-shirt this year. Hopefully, guests will wear last year’s or vintage shirts from past  years.

More information will be posted here as the plans are made.  The date was set for later in the month to avoid the Iowa/Iowa football game day which drew away many Lovilia folks.  The new date coincides with pancake day in Centerville but we hope our locals will stay home for our festival.  It is darn near impossible to find a Saturday with nothing going on. So the 30th of September is when we will celebrate.  Please mark your calendar now and plan to be there.

The next festival planning meeting will be the second Monday of April, the 10th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lovilia Community Building.  If you would like to help, come to the meeting.


Former Resident, David V. Lucas Dies

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

David Valentino Lucas was born February 14, 1925 in Monroe County, Iowa to George and Ann (Mitrisin) Lucas.

He grew up in Lovilia and graduated from high school  there. In 1948 on June 5th he married Bernadine “Bernie” Aversing.  He farmed with his father for a while and then worked at the VA  hospital in Knoxville, Iowa in the engineering department.  David  retired at the age of 55.   The family moved to Knoxville in 1975.

Dave liked gardening, exercising, and traveling with his wife.

Dave, 92 years old, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Park Lane Village.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, daughter (Vicki), son (Tim) and siblings (Eldon, Elna, and Maxine).

Surviving are son, Greg (LuAnn) of Newton, Iowa and daughter Lynne (Jody) Kasal of Elberon, Iowa.  Also grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

May he rest in peace.

A mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 16,2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knoxville.  Family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until mass begins at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to H.C.I. Care Services-Knoxville Office or to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Susan Travis passed away in January

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Susan Marie Travis, age 66, of Coralville died after a battle with cancer January 21, 2017.

She was born in the Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland to Thelma Sofranko Murray and Richard Murray on April 21, 1950.  Susan grew up and was educated in Lovilia, Iowa.

Herk Travis and Susan were united in marriage on September 21,1973. Together they enjoyed traveling, the Corvette Club, and NASCAR races, especially attending the Dayton 500 for many years in February.  Herk preceded her in death in 2005.

Susan began employment in 1974 with Sheller-Globe and worked in the International Automotive Components area until her illness forced her to leave in the fall of 2016.

Susan is survived by relatives in the Lovilia, Iowa area and many friends from her years at Sheller-Globe and IAC.  Friends recall her quick wit and dry humor.

A time of remembrance and sharing was held January 27, 2017 in Iowa City at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

May she rest in peace.

Richard Maddy Dies Feb. 28,2017

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Richard was born January 13, 1930 to Carl and Jenny (Davis) Maddy near Weller, Iowa. He grew up there on a farm and graduated from Lovilia High School in the class of 1947.  He was on the Lovilia Lions basketball team.

After school he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict as a military policeman.

On June 11, 1955, he married Lois Clark in Albia, Iowa. They were blessed with three sons:  Michael, Max, and Mark.

Richard and his brother, Ben, owned and operated a Conoco gas station in Albia. Then the family moved to a farm north of Albia that he farmed until he died.  He was also a warehouseman at the Knoxville VA until retiring in 1985.

Richard enjoyed boating, camping, and gardening especially raising sweet corn.

He is survived by his wife, and three sons families and grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were: his parents; brothers Russell, Ben David , and Wayne; granddaughter Kaylea; and daughter-in-law Apryle.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia,  starting at 2 p.m. and family present from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10 a.m., officiated by Suzanne Rider at Sinnott funeral home.

Burial and military rites by Albia, Melrose, and Lovilia American Legion at Union Chapel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Howard Cessna Post #136 or Welcome Home Soldier.