Published in The Times on October 24, 2012
Daniel Lovrich, age 90, of Munster, IN, a U.S. Army veteran of World War
II, passed away October 20, 2012 in Grapevine, Texas. He was preceded
in death by his father, Joseph; and his mother, Stella. He was the youngest
of seven children all of whom preceded him in death.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Lee (Wood); sons:
Mark Logan (Terra) and Steven Daniel (Kathy); and his grandchildren: Ian,
Sasha and Eliza. His sister-in-law, Gail and her husband, Ed Kostra were
very close to him, and he enjoyed his many nieces and nephews.
Daniel was born January 2, 1922 in Mayville, WI. His mother died when
he was very young. He spent his childhood in Blue Island, IL and graduated
from Blue Island Community High School in 1942. He loved baseball and
other sports and took physical fitness very seriously.
Daniel was a left handed pitcher on a professional baseball team for one
year between high school graduation and serving in the Army. He took sincere
delight helping his nephew Pete Lovrich become a Major League baseball
He was a field lineman in the Army for three years, constructing communication
lines for telephone and telegraph.
Daniel was honorably discharged in December of 1945. After leaving the
service, he worked as a carpenter for Standard Oil and Inland Steel. He
married Virginia Lee Wood on June 5, 1949 and together they raised a family
in Lansing IL.
He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Lansing. Daniel
coached girls' softball and was a Scoutmaster before his children were
born. He was also an accomplished league bowler. Through Men's Fellowship
he participated in community service work including Meals on Wheels. He
was a very compassionate and generous man.
Daniel enjoyed reading history books and biographies of political figures.
He also enjoyed reading about business and investing. He wanted his children
to get the best possible education and went to great effort to support
their interests and dreams. After both of his children had gone onto college,
he and Virginia moved to Munster, Indiana.
Upon retirement, he spent much more time golfing, finding it an enjoyable
challenge. While socializing on the golf course, he offered suggestions
to help others with their game. He had many stories about how some were
more appreciative than others. Daniel could strike up a conversation with
anyone. In his later years, he would go to the grocery store every day
and talk to employees and customers alike.
In 2010, with Virginia's dementia worsening, Daniel and Virginia moved
to North Richland Hills, TX. There he was able to spend a considerable
amount of time with his son Mark, daughter in-law Terra and his three
grandchildren. He was very thankful to everyone that helped him and very
dedicated to providing the best possible care for his wife.
In August of 2012, they moved into an assisted living facility in Colleyville,
TX where the staff has reported that his sense of humor and his good nature
are already missed. He was a loving parent and grandparent who always
took the time to revel in the successes of his family. His kind heart
will be missed by us all.
On October 25, 2012, the family will hold a service at 10:00 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church in Stigler, OK. Following services, he will
be laid to rest in the Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, OK.
Services are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home &
Crematory of Stigler, OK.