Lovell, James

James Peter Lovell

December 21, 1940 - June 29, 2021

James Peter Lovell died peacefully at the age of 80 on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in McKinney, TX, after a sudden illness. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born December 21, 1940 to Glenn Ayres Lovell and Mona Elizabeth (Williams) Lovell in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1958 where he met the love of his life of 58 years, Priscilla Jean Darby Lovell. He earned a B.A. degree from Duke University and a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Seminary (Northwestern). Post-Graduate studies were done at Wartburg, Aquinas and Dubuque Seminaries, Lutheran General Pastoral Psychotherapy Institute and Garrett Seminary.

While in high school he was granted a License to Preach, was ordained a Deacon in 1964 and an Elder in 1966 in the Rock River Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. He served churches in Chicago (Austin First), North Carolina (West End, Pittsboro and Apex), and in Illinois (River Forest, Apple River, Cicero, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, and New Lenox). He served five years as the Rockford District Superintendent and on the Cabinet of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In addition to serving as a parish pastor for over 40 years he served as an officer on the board of The Jo Davies County Mental Health Association, the Board of Counselors of the Alexian Brothers Hospital, the Cicero Family Service Bureau, The Business Industrial Ministry, the Volunteer Service Bureau of Greater Chicago and the Elk Grove Career Advisory Council. He was a counselor for the Lutheran General Hospital Pastoral Psychotherapy Institute and served as a mentor for pastors as well as a spiritual director to many. Wherever he served he sought to bring health, wholeness and the love of God to everyone.

Following retirement, he enjoyed his time at Lake Thunderbird in Putnam, Illinois and then The Riverwood Plantation in Estero, Florida. His children and grandchildren will remember him for his love of back rubs, naps, bread, popcorn and endless pots of coffee. They will miss his never-ending puns and homemade pizza. His passion for reading, cooking, singing and barber shop quartet and traveling “one trip after another” to be with family and friends was a witness to his joy for learning and a desire to love others well. He and Priscilla would often travel long distances to bless others, even if it was for a short visit. His legacy will continue through the singing of the “Johnny Appleseed” grace before meals and the inspiration he showed by extending abundant grace to family and friends.

Peter will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and 3 older brothers Richard Glen, Thomas Oliver, and Harry Rhys Lovell.  His daughters Jeanne (Joseph) Kircher and Valerie (Timothy) Brinkman; his son Harry (Karrie) Anderson; his grandchildren – Julie, Ryan (Lauren), Eric (Katie) and Andrew Brinkman; John and Peter James Kircher; Valerie Jean, Mary, and Riley Anderson; and great-grandchild Wyatt Daniel Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to American Cancer Society, Crohns & Colitis foundation or a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Celebration of the lives of both Peter and Priscilla for their family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM at New Lenox United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Avenue, New Lenox, IL, 60451.  The family requests your presence for lunch and a time of sharing immediately following the service.

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Jeanne, Valerie and Harry; I heard the news this evening of your father and mother’s passing. I can not tell you all the years and miles but it seems like yesterday you (girls) Harry had not arrived blessed us in Apple River with your family. Your father loved camping, coffee, sweet corn and telling jokes! He also loved barbershop quartets with my father. I was probably your first babysitter! My heart hurts for all your family members. I know your parents are singing and praising above. May God continue to give your family memories and strength!
Rebecca Neff, July 17, 2021 My beloved uncle Peter was one of the finest men I've ever known. He was so loving, kind, fun, and always made my heart so happy. I will miss him terribly, but I rejoice when I think of him finally home and reunited with his loved ones, who I'm certain welcomed him with a huge hug, a back rub, and some terrific jokes! "3".
Mollie Lovell Huisman, July 16, 2021 John and I are so sad about Peter's passing, as we were also about Priscilla. Peter's parents were good friends of my grandparents, and his family has been special to me my whole life. When I was little and was scared of fireworks, his mom stayed with me at her house, put cotton in my ears, and we watched the fireworks from the windows in silence. My mom took us to Prince of Peace church in Elk Grove when I was about 12, where I really got to know Peter and his beautiful wife and daughters. They all made lasting and important impressions on me. Peter was the embodiment of care and kindness, genuine smiles and hugs. His faith was unpretentious and wide open. He officiated our wedding and I'm so glad my husband, John, got to know him even if it was briefly. It made me so happy to read Tim & Val's Christmas letters and to hear about Peter and Priscilla's adventures. I am sad to know he is not somewhere on this earth making people smile, but wherever he is I'm sure that is what he is doing. We send all our love to Val & Jeanne & Harry, their families, and everyone who cherished Peter. Laura and John Michel, July 16, 2021 We and all who knew them in Riverwoods Plantation will always be so grateful for their kind and loving friendship. And Peter as our "Resident Pastor" was a comfort to all. He gave us a million laughs at his presentation at our Variety Shows. Priscilla was a true angel and a dear friend. They will be greatly missed. Doris & Ray Sayegh, July 12, 2021 Growing up Uncle Peter reminded me SO MUCH of my Dad - Harry (Peter's brother). Peter was marriage counselor for my husband and I and officiated at our wedding. Dearly love Uncle Peter but I know he and Dad are singing and telling jokes together now. Love, Megan Megan Lodewyck, July 12, 2021 Both Peter and his wife Pricilla will be greatly missed by many of us in Riverwoods Planation. I know when I went through my divorce, Peter was very kind to me at our state picnic here in Riverwoods. He always did a great job on the memorial committee, HE will be missed by many. I know he is with Jesus now and his wife. Blessings and comfort to his family.
Barbara Anne Drabek, July 12, 2021 Peter was a fraternity brother at Duke. Since we were both from Chicago we shared rides home from Durham one time staying in the dorm at Eastern Illinois and then getting a ride up to Oak Park with his brother for thanksgiving. Pete and Priscilla visited me and Rev. Steve Dahl in Punta Gorda a couple of years ago for lunch and a boat ride on Charlotte Harbor. I will miss their smiling faces.
Jack Orr, July 12, 2021 I was saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. We always enjoyed Peter And Priscilla’s visits to California and remember the fun we had during our parent’s, Ben and Irene’s, 50th wedding anniversary. May Peter Rest In Peace and I’m sure Priscilla welcomed him with loving arms. My thoughts are with all of the family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you have of each other. Love, Pam Pam Olah-Atkinson , July 11, 2021 Dear children, grand children, and great grand children of Peter and Priscilla. How blessed you all were, to have such two special people to love and care for you in your lives. Both were such loving, caring, and beautiful souls, who are going to be missed terribly. I can’t imagine a visit to Florida and not visiting them, sitting on their patio and sipping Priscilla’s slushies. I will miss the Christmas letter of them sharing all the wonderful things their family was doing. I will miss the thoughtful birthday cards, sent every year. I will just miss them in our lives. Heaven welcomed them both with open arms. May our good Lord wrap his loving arms around you in the coming months. Alice and Mic Shaeffer , July 11, 2021 I am saddened by Peter's passing. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. And I also miss Phyllis, his dear departed wife. My wife Carol, now also deceased, was a classmate, and claimed to have introduced them. They remained friends for all these years, and I joined the group in 1980 when I married Carol. Peter delivered a beautiful eulogy at Carol's funeral in 2019. I will pay a silent tribute to him by having a Scotch tonight in his memory.. Roger A Murray, July 11, 2021 My uncle was a wise and gentle soul, whom I loved and trusted as much as my own father. I will miss him terribly. I imagine my dad and Uncle Peter are swapping puns right now, trying their level (Lovell) best to keep up with their own father’s exceptional wit! Rhys Lovell, July 10, 2021 Dear family, Peter was my Duke roommate and SIGMA CHI Brother. Many of us are still in communication ( CLASS AHEAD 1961) AND the sad news has spread among us. Peter and Priscilla were dear persons and Carolyn and I regret our lack of communication. Cincinnati is not that far AND we should have touched base over these decades. Sincere condolences and highest regards to you all. SIGS SAY: ALL HONOR TO HIS (their) NAME(s). 513-659-8633 cell 224 EAST 2nd Street COVINGTON KY if you are out this way! GOD BLESS Creighton B. Wright MD, MBA, July 9, 2021 We are thankful to have known Peter for the brief time that we have been at Riverwoods Plantation in Estero, Florida. He graciously led several couples in a vow renewal ceremony just this year. We were glad that his daughter & husband were able to join us. To his family & friends, we pray for God’s comfort & assurance that we will meet again. Until then, may we all be drawn to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you! Roy & Julia Robinson , July 8, 2021 I can easily remember to this day Pete’s infectious laugh during our time as fraternity brothers at Duke. Rest well, Peter. Travis Broesche, July 8, 2021 God bless Peter’s soul and your hearts. Jim & Theresa, July 8, 2021 We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that all your wonderful family memories help you through this tough time. We feel grateful to have known both your parents and to also have one of Peter’s hand carved crucifixes blessing our home. They will be truly missed by many here in Hennepin. God bless your family.
Paul & Sherry Miskowiec, July 7, 2021 Peter was so kind, thoughtful, caring, loving. His presence in our community will be missed. He was a voice of reason and wisdom. He is reunited with his precious Priscilla whom we also loved. We are better for having the opportunity to know them. My sympathy to the whole family for their loss of two wonderful Christian souls.
Nancy Nier, July 7, 2021 We will always remember Pastor Peter for his kind heart & love for Jesus and all others. What a blessing you were to us in leading our Wedding Vow Renewals in February. Sherry , July 7, 2021 Dear Lovell Family, We send our love and prayers to all of you as you again mourn the loss of a parent, grandparent, and great grandparent. We loved your parents, your Mom with her sparkling smile and upbeat personality and your Dad, with his caring presence, not to mention a pun or two. We were graced by their friendship for many years, beginning with their service to Our Redeemers United Methodist Church in Schaumburg, catching up at church conference and the wonderful time we spent with your family in Hawaii. We will be out of town and unable to be there to celebrate their lives in person, but will always remember them both with thankfulness for the Christian love they shared with us. Blessings and comforting hugs to all of you. You, their family, were the crown jewel in their lives together.
John and Edie Machonis, July 7, 2021 Rest In Peace, Peter. I know you are reunited with your beloved Priscilla, and that you both are resting in the loving arms of our Lord. You both are dearly missed.
Judy Cottone, July 7, 2021 A great man in more ways than one and a brother in Christ. We have hope, glory, and joy, knowing mortality has put on immortality, we will see him again. God bless his family and friends. My sincere condolences to the family. Garrett Castillo , July 6, 2021 Love to you all. Your dad will be dearly missed by so many!! Matthew and Tracey, July 6, 2021 Both Peter & Priscilla were 2 of the most wonderful, loving, caring and inspiring people that you can only ever hope to cross your path in life. I had the pleasure of knowing them for many, many years. The world truly has lost these amazing souls but they will live on in all of us in many ways that we can only imagine. God is truly happy to have them back in his loving arms.
Kelly Gonzales, July 6, 2021