Donald R. "Don" Lovetinsky

  • Born: October 4, 1922
  • Died: January 4, 2016
  • Location: Iowa City, West Liberty, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald R. Lovetinsky, 93, of Iowa City, formerly of West Liberty, passed away Monday, January 4, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials in Don's name can be made to the West Liberty American Legion Post 509.

Donald Robert Lovetinsky was born October 4, 1922, near Iowa City; son of George and Mary (Spawn) Lovetinsky. After school he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served as an infantryman in Europe during WWII. During his service, he earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. Weeks prior to leaving for the war, he married Viola Clark on November 16, 1943, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. He and Viola were lifetime farmers near West Liberty, where they raised their family. Later in life, Mission, Texas became their winter home, spending 30 winters there.

Don was proud of his military service, he was a member of the West Liberty American Legion, Moose Lodge, Eagles, and longtime member of the Cattleman's Association, serving as a past president and putting him in position to help found the Solon Beef Days. Don's military service was also recognized when his name was placed on the Johnson County Veteran's Trail.

His family includes his wife, Viola; sons, Richard Lovetinsky (Ruth) and James Lovetinsky (Deb) both of West Liberty; daughter, Donna McGowan (Bruce) of Wapello; brother, Robert Lovetinsky (Joan Haman) of Iowa City; sister, Jean Swenka of Iowa City; sister-in-law, Millie Lovetinsky of Iowa City, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Jack, and Ray; brother-in-law, John Swenka and sisters-in-law, Juanita Lovetinsky and Mildred Lovetinsky.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Don's family and his services.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences; so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Linda Poggenpohl - Archdale, NC   January 08, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss. My parents, Frank and Elsie Frauenholz spoke so very well of Don and family. Jean and I extend our sympathy.

Posted by Ken Frauenholz - Swisher, IA - Friend of Richard and family.   January 06, 2016

So sorry for your loss.We will miss his stories about farming,how he grew up and the world around him. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to me as well as my children. He shared his garden tomatoes with us and we shared our catfish with him every year. Everytime he was outside he would tell stories and talk with my 5 year old little girl and give her things,he will be greatly missed. It will be hard not seeing him wave goodbye and hello. Again so sorry for your loss he was a great man. Sincerely Dawn Holderness neighbor and friend 3216 E. Washington

Posted by Dawn Holderness - Iowa city, IA - Friend and Neighbor   January 06, 2016

Have a lot of great memories especially in my youth of your family.

It's times like this that also bring back memories of my sisters that have passed at such young ages-- Cheryl and Terry-- that spent a lot of their younger days with Donna Jean and all the good times they spent enjoying life.

Also was part of all the years my Dad John Sr. spent with Uncle Don on their farms before they retired and with Richard and Jimmy. Always thankful to be a part of those priceless memories.


John, Alice Anne, Lane Swenka

Posted by John Swenka - Coralville, IA - Nephew   January 06, 2016


My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest in peace Don, you'll be missed.

Posted by Patty (Lovetinsky) Dreckman - Van Buren, AR - niece   January 05, 2016

Our thoughts are with you, Richard, old friend.

Posted by Paul Davisson - Cedar Rapids, IA - friend of Rich   January 05, 2016

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