Verlon C. Lovelace, 103, a resident of Fergus Falls

Published 9:17am Friday, February 1, 2013 Updated 11:22am Friday, February 1, 2013

Verlon Lovelace, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Pioneer Cottages in Fergus Falls.

He was born August 28, 1909 in Iowa, the son of James C. and Bertha (Dibborn) Lovelace. He married Hazel Bertram on October 28, 1931 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Verlon operated a car dealership and farm implement dealership in Appleton for many years.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls, volunteered delivering Meals On Wheels, and was a volunteer income tax preparer for the elderly.

Verlon loved to dance with Hazel, and also enjoyed golfing and playing Scrabble. He has always been ahead of his time, willing to take on the challenges of change and technology. He was very inventive and creative.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife of 75 years, Hazel, his son, Willis, his grandson Jonathan Zuponcic, his sister, Irene, brothers George and Melvin, and son-in-law Roger Tesch.

Survivors include his brother, Bert Lovelace of Fergus Falls; his daughters: Janie (Francis) Tesch-Cassady of Plymouth, Carole Lovelace of New Orleans, and Shirley Lovelace of Golden Valley; his son, Lee (Carolyn) Lovelace of Belmont MI; grandchildren: Gwen (Ted) Crawford, Cynthia (Tim) Zuponcic, Sherry Ortega, Robin (Jonathan) Strohschein, Teri (William) Johnson-Tesch, Paula (James) Olson, Mary (Robert) Tesch-Stevson, Heather (Frank) Griffith-Tesch, Deborah Lovelace, Andrew Lovelace, Eve (Leandro) Moretti, and Sonia (Devin Harrington) Lovelace; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service at PioneerCare.

Service: 12 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the PioneerCare Celebration Center in Fergus Falls

Clergy: Chaplain Harry Olson and Reverend Bob Kandels

Interment: Knollwood Memorial Gardens in Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

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