John C. Lovett Sr., 80

John C. Lovett Sr., 80, of Otsego passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Cape Coral, Fla., near Pine Island where he has been spending the winters since 1989.

He was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Plainwell, the son of Carl and Margaret (Ames) Lovett. John was a 1957 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area.

On June 25, 1960, at First Congregational Church of Otsego he married Sue Galloway, his wife of 59-and-a-half years, who survives.

In 1972 with his father he started Lovett Driveway Company and worked for more than 40 years until his retirement.

John enjoyed car racing, pony harness racing, fishing, farming, hunting, bowling, golfing, camping, snowmobiling, western movies and books and coaching his grandchildren.

Also surviving are his children, Deb (Mark) Seekman of Otsego, John (Wendy) Lovett of Otsego and Robin (Mike) O’Connor of Wayland; grandchildren, Amanda, Hannah, Adam, Whitney, Brandon, Brett, Ryan and Emily; three step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with four more on the way; three step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandchild; and sister, Margaret Ann Howrigon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with John’s family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Fund. Messages of condolence may be posted at


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