Earl W. Loveall, Jr.
Earl willfully and peacefully joined his Lord, on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Gulfside Hospice in New Port Richey, Florida, with his family at his side. He was born March 22, 1945 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Earl and Rita Loveall. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1963, later earning his Associates Degree. On March 23, 1968 he and Rosie Berkstresser were united in marriage at the Barnett Union Church, in Barnett, Missouri. They were married 51 years, living in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area for many years before relocating to Hudson, Florida in 2004. While searching for THE perfect church for months, they stumbled upon FBCNPR and knew they had found their home. The warmth, compassion and love of the people they found there made both of them feel welcome, joining the church a few months later.
Earl served with the US Army beginning in 1966, and later joined the National Guard for 23 years. While serving in Vietnam he received the Purple Heart and other medals. Throughout the years Earl was employed by Western Electric, AT & T, and Kansas City School District. In addition, he was the mayor of the City of Lake Winnebago, where they resided.
Earl was an active supporter of Word of Life Bible Institute. Earl read and discussed the Bible daily; his passion was to be sure his Life/Death cards reached as many people as possible. He distributed 165,000 cards over the years. He and Rosie made numerous trips to the Caribbean handing out Bibles and the cards to locals. He was known throughout the church as “Amen Earl”, due to his bold “amens”. Earl loved to sing praises to the Lord and was a member of the choir.
He served as President of Lions Club, currently serving on his village board at Heritage Pines. His interests included hot rod cars, riding motor cycles, boating, coin collecting, golfing, swimming, driving fast in his little red Caddi convertible, garage saleing, Caribbean cruising and travelling. He never met a stranger, always loved to laugh, was an active practical joker, engaged kids in conversation so he could hand out $2 bills. He never passed up a possible conversation with anyone he met.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents and brother Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Rosie; daughters Susan Loveall Ficken (Tony) and Terry Yost (Donald); grandchildren Derrick Wagy, Ashley Branson and Ashley Ficken; 1 great-grand, Hayden and sister, Linda Loveall. Additional family members include brother-in-law George Berkstresser; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Minkin (Bob) and Diane Davis (Dan).
The Celebration of Life Service will be October 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church New Port Richey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation or to their church.
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