R.E. Lovett died Friday morning, June 20, 2014 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville after a fast decline in health. He was 84 years old when he passed away quietly in his sleep.
He was a long-time resident of Pawhuska, Okla. Originally from Talonga, Okla., he moved to Pawhuska as a child around 1940. He did odd jobs in his youth, but didn’t find his niche until he joined the U.S. Army in his late teens. He was in the Army for approximately 30 years. He earned an Army Operation Medal in Japan, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals. He also did two tours in Vietnam. He received an achievement award for service as the Senior Programmer of Data Processing where he was responsible for the supervision of seven military and civilian computer programmers tasked with the writing and maintenance of 100 computer programs and the translation of programs. That was in 1972, long before the current day laptops and iPhones.
R.E. rarely discussed his career in the military which leads one to believe that much of his work was secret in nature. After his retirement in 1972, he was invited to work at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He declined the offer and chose to stay in the small community of Pawhuska near his friends and the family he loved. After retiring from the military he worked on the county road crew in Pawhuska for 9-10 years before finally retiring for good.
R.E. is preceded in death by his mother, Grace Lovett, of Pawhuska; his father, Otis Lovett of Spokane, Wash.; and his brother Robert Lovett of Rogers, Ark. R.E. lost two wives to cancer, Roberta Turley in 1988 and Marva in 2012.
He is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Holt in Mesa, Ariz.; niece Tonnie Cole if Pawhuska; nephew Richard E. Hernandez if Las Vegas, Nev.; niece Gracie Fern of Canon City, Colo.; and step-grandchildren through his union with Roberta Turley.
The family wants to express a special “Thank You” to the Buffalo Jo’s staff and patrons, the Osage Housing Authority and their affiliates, the Turley family, and the Stoneridge apartment managers. Your thoughtfulness and help has gone far above and beyond the expectations of community spirit.
No services are planned.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home are in charge.