Dennis E. Lovejoy “Dennie”, age 78, of Dover, formerly of La Porte City, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at St. Louis. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville. The son of James and Mary (Jones) Lovejoy, he was born Oct. 1, 1943, in Boone, Iowa.
Dennie married Leona Mae Pierce on Feb. 14, 1962, in Independence, Iowa. He was family-first oriented, a loving father and wonderful husband. He was a United States Navy veteran of the USS Tanner and AGS-15. He retired as a machinist with John Deere for 30 years. Dennie and his wife owned Country Visions Woodcrafts.
He was a member of the UAW, EAA, and the La Porte City Men’s Golf Club. Dennie enjoyed stock car racing, was a licensed pilot flying hobby air craft and an avid golfer. He was a co-creator of the current IMCA Modified Racing Class, where he helped build the first car and he built the second car “The Deuce.” Many years driving, building motors, frames, chassis, go-carts and multiple trailers. Several family generations in the racing community continuing the legacy today.
Dennie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Shelia Lovejoy; and brother, Michael Lovejoy.
Survivors include his wife, Leona “Lee” Lovejoy of Dover; son, Victor “Vic” Lovejoy (Michelle) of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter, Kimberly “Kimm” Bumgarner (Casey) of Des Moines, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Brandi Lovejoy and Juston Morrow of Waterloo, Iowa, Christine Crane and Austin of Waterloo, Iowa, Angela Lovejoy of Hinton, Iowa, Holly Hyda (Chris) of Waverly, Neb., Amanda O’Neal (Doug) of Council Bluffs , Iowa, Brett Mast of Waterloo, Iowa, Curtis Bumgarner (Mariah) of Waterloo, Iowa, Ashlee Olmstead of Tilden, Neb., Alyssia Lovejoy and Austin Fiala of Omaha, Neb .; sister, Dixie Kitchen (Bob) of Peoria, Ariz .; brother, Randy Miller (Debbie) of St. Louis, Mo .; sisters, Sandi Miller (Larry), and Sheryl Killins (John), both Russellville; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service in Waterloo, Iowa, at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service in Russellville.
Online guestbook and condolences available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Published by The Courier on May 21, 2022.