Edwin Elias Lovelace, Jr
Edwin E. Lovelace, formerly of Montrose, peacefully passed from this life on April 25th, 2012 at 3:15 am in his daughter’s home in Colorado Springs at the age of 88.
Edwin was born in Fairfax Alabama on March 17th, 1924 to Edwin Elias Lovelace, Sr and Iris Walker . He graduated from Valley High School in 1941 where he played football and was known as “Pop”. He attended Georgia Tech University on a football scholarship. His schooling at Georgia Tech was interrupted by World War II when he was drafted into the Army. While in the Army at Camp Beale in California, he met and married Alice Edna Rowe from Paonia, Colorado. Upon discharge from the Army, he and Edna moved to Alabama where Edwin completed his degree in Civil Engineering at Auburn University. In 1949 Ed took a job with the Utah State Highway Department . Thirty five years later Ed retired from the highway department after having progressed from surveyor, to engineer, project engineer, district engineer, and finally, state director of transportation research. Ed and Edna retired in Montrose after 31 years and lived there for more than 20 years. In 2002, due to health, they move to Texas where they lived with his daughter, Janet Rowley. Edna died in 2004. Ed remained in Texas until 2009 when, he moved with Janet to Colorado Springs.
For fifty years Ed was very active in Utah, Montrose, CO., and McKinney, TX Masonic Lodges and Eastern Star, where he had many fond friends, and served in many positions, including Lodge Master. Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting and reading and being with his grandkids. Ed and Edna enjoyed cruises and vacations to places like Hawaii and Alaska and throughout the western US. Ed especially loved the red rock vistas of southern Utah and the mountains of Colorado and Utah.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Edna, by his parents, his brother, Lloyd, and his sister, Ada Jean. He is survived by his sister Jeanine Colley of Valley, Alabama, his daughter Linda Lovelace of McKinney, TX and his daughter Janet Rowley and husband Curtis Rowley of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Justin Rowley (Andrea) of Colorado Springs; Cari Rowley Lundell (Mark) of Flower Mound (Dallas area),TX ; Julie Rowley Serna (Robert) of Woodbridge, VA; and Jennifer Rowley Gourley (Brian) of Corinth(Dallas area), TX. He is survived by eleven great grandchildren: Rayne Rowley; Emily and Isaac Lundell; Caitlin, Preston, Brianna and Trevor Gourley; and Joshua, Leah, Matthew, and Rebecca Serna.
Funeral services will be held at Crippin Funeral Home, 802 Main Street, in Montrose on Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 am, with viewing at 9:00 am just prior to the services. Interment will be at Grand View Cemetery immediately after funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.