January 30, 1928 - October 4, 2013

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Obituaries » RALPH E. LOVELY

LOVELY, RALPH ELMER, 85, a longtime resident of Tilden House, died October 4, in the Garden Room of Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. His family had been at his bedside. Born Jan. 30, 1928, in Waterbury Center, he was the son of Irving and Julia (Magoon) Lovely. He attended elementary school in East Montpelier. Ralph married Lola Elizabeth Neun in St. Johnsbury. Following their marriage, they made their home in Cabot and resided in the Tilden House in Barre for over 10 years. She died in March of 2005. He had worked for many years as a truck driver and delivery man for several of the trucking companies in the Barre area. He later was employed at the Dessureau Machine Co., also in Barre. Hunting, fishing, his camp at Maidstone, snow machining, flower gardening and his GMC pickup were his special enjoyments, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army from Jan. 16, 1946, to Jan. 23, 1947. He had been affiliated with the Cabot United Federated Church and was a life member of the Barre Elks Lodge 1535. Survivors include his stepson, George N. “Skip” Buck; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren; as well as special friends, Colleen Sanford and her son, Hunter, both of East Barre. Also surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Dora Lovely, of Cabot, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Rollins, and brothers Philip, Paul, Joseph, “Pete” and Perley Lovely, as well as his stepdaughter, Cynthia Matthews, and daughter-in-law, Meryl P. Buck.

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