Arthur “Art” Ray Lovewell, 82, Latour, Missouri, departed this life on May 14, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. Art was born on February 10, 1938 on a farm near Collins, Missouri to Oliver Edward and Clara Mae (Gardner) Lovewell. Art married Barbara Riffle on September 5, 1959 in Miami, Oklahoma. They lived their 60 years together and raised their children, Arnetta, Andrea, and Randy, on a farm near LaTour, Missouri.
Art was a lifelong farmer, raising cows and pigs. He was a truck driver for Stahl Specialty Company for 37 years. After his retirement from Stahl’s, he continued to drive trucks for local companies. Art was passionate about his family. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing and hunting and taught them to drive and shoot guns. Later in life, Arthur frequented local coffee shops where he enjoyed sharing stories, catching up with his friends, and making new friends.
Art was a member of the Holden United Methodist Church where he was especially fond of coffee, doughnuts, and conversation, both before and after the service.
Art was preceded in death by his father, Oliver, and his mother, Clara Mae; a sister, Mollie Famuliner; and two brothers, Dave Lovewell and Tom Lovewell. Art is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; his children, Arnetta and Steve Lango, LaTour, MO; Andrea Evans, Holden, MO; Randall (Randy) and JoLynn Lovewell, Creighton, MO; a brother, Ed and Debbie Lovewell, Independence, MO. Grandchildren Tara and Cody Jolliff, Grapevine, TX; Nathan and Kristin Harris, Pleasant Hill, MO; Bryan and Kati Evans, Bentonville, AR; Bryce and Kerry Lovewell, Topeka, KS; Alice Evans, Holden, MO; Hunter Lovewell and Baylee Lovewell, Creighton, MO. Great-grandchildren Adaline, Barrett, and Brant. Art was also fond of the additional Lango family members he gained later in his life, with many kids calling him “Pa.”
Cremation. A Celebration of Life Gathering was held Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.
Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Holden United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.