The Obit For Dan Lovrich

Daniel Lovrich

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 player.

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.