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Obituary for Robert G. "Bob" Lovetinsky Sr.

Robert “Bob” G. Lovetinsky Sr., 89, died peacefully at his home on October 3, 2017 from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, surrounded by love and his favorite country music.

A Funeral Service will begin Monday at 11:00 am at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City Visitation will be Sunday at Lensing’s from 3:00 to 6:30 pm. A parish rosary will begin at 6:30 pm. Burial will be in St. Josephs Cemetery in Iowa City.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Iowa City. He was born on September 20, 1928 in Iowa City to George and Mary (Spawn) Lovetinsky. He attended University High School and began his career as a Farmer. Bob met Juanita Fountain at the Swisher Dance Mor Ballroom and on October 12, 1950, they married at St. Mary’s Church in Iowa City. They worked, played and danced side by side for 53 happy years. Bob enjoyed the companionship of Joan Haman for his remaining years.
Bob was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church, Iowa City Moose Lodge #1096 – of which he served as past Governor and the Iowa City Eagles Lodge. He was a Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner for many years. He loved to garden, tend flowers and fruit trees, dance, fish, camp and travel. He and Juanita wintered in Punta Gorda, Florida and Texas.

Bob was always positive, and upbeat no matter what life threw his way. He made friends everywhere he went. He and Juanita danced the smoothest fox trot you ever saw.

Bob is survived by his children, Dan Lovetinsky of Iowa City and his children, Bryan, Nicole and Jennifer (fiancé Andre Meacham); Diane (Keith) Slaughter of Iowa City and their children, Shaun (Melissa) Slaughter and Lindsey (Ronan) Fudge; Katherine Jo (Kirk) Payne of Rochester, MN. and their children, Calla (Ben) Payne Hyman, Hilary (fiance Jake Wachowiak), Elizabeth (fiance Andy Drish) and Hannah Payne; Tina Wright of Iowa City and her son, Cassidy; great-grandchildren, Ashley Slaughter, McKenzie Fudge and Kai Hyman; sister, Mary Jean Swenka; sisters-in-law, Mildred Lovetinsky, Viola Lovetinsky and Suzanne Fountain; brother-in-law, Jack Schintler and Bob’s companion, Joan Haman.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Juanita; an infant son Jeff; son Robert Jr.; grand-daughter, Crystal; four brothers, Joe, Ray, Don and Jack; sisters-in-law, LaVerne Hansen, Mildred Lovetinsky, Helen Mahan, Fern Schintler and Marguerite Lovetinsky; brothers-in-law, John Swenka, Paul Fountain and Chesley Hansen and a son-in-law, Bill Wright.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Church or to Iowa City Hospice.

Bob greatly enjoyed his many friends and family and the Sunday evening dinners watching his great-grand-daughters play. He lived as he worked – with passion, sincerity and dedication.


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

8

Oct

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Service

Monday

9

Oct

11:00 AM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph's Cemetery

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

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