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Kenneth “Lovey” Earl Loveness, 68

Kenneth “Lovey” Earl Loveness, the son of the late Earl and Veronica (Novak) Loveness, was born on February 10, 1943, at Fordville, North Dakota.  He attended school and grew to manhood there, graduating from Fordville High School in 1961.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Fordville Lutheran Church.  Ken graduated from Mayville State College in 1965 with a B.S. degree in education.  On June 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Close at Fordville.   They moved to Kenmare, North Dakota, where he taught business at Kenmare High School.  In 1969, they came to Karlstad where he taught business and computers until retirement in 2003.  Ken’s passion for teaching and working with young people didn’t stop at their graduation, but continued into lifetime friendships.  Ken’s students may fondly remember his favorite line: “If I can type with these you can type with those.”

Ken was an active member of the Karlstad Golf Club and held various offices there, served on the Karlstad City Council, and was a member of First Lutheran Church of Karlstad, serving on the church council.  He was a member of the Karlstad Fire Department and was very active in the Karlstad Lions Club, serving as treasurer for many years.  Ken dearly loved spending time with his buddies at the Twin Lakes Deer Camp and with his friends at Mitchell Lake and North Long Lake.  He especially loved spending time with family and former students who returned to see him.  His hobbies included fishing, cards and Yahtzee with the guys and watching sports on TV.  As an educator Ken continued to exercise his mind with daily crossword puzzles.  His smile, sense of humor, and warm hugs will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He had been in failing health for the past 16 years, receiving a kidney transplant in May of 1998.  He passed away unexpectedly at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls on Thursday evening January 5, 2012, at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 25 days.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; one sister,  Audrey (Ralph) Swendseid, of Stephen, MN; sister-in-law, Marilyn Linstad, of Fordville, ND; brother-in-law, Mike (Debbie) Close, of Gilby, ND; in addition to several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Willard and Ila Close,  brother-in –law, Marvin Linstad, and nephew, Chris Linstad.   

 Memorial services were held at 3 P.M. Tues. at First Lutheran Church in Karlstad with Pastor Gary Halverson officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at Fordville, ND, in the Spring.  Representation from the Karlstad Lions, Karlsxtad Fire Dept.. “Lovey’s” fellow teachers and his buddies from the Twin Lakes Deer Camp served as honorary bearers.

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