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Dennis Allen Lovig
September 29, 1942 ~ October 31, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
Dennis A. Lovig was born on September 29, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Hans and Lorene (Knutson) Lovig. He died peacefully on October 31, 2023, in Bettendorf, Iowa.
He graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1960 and attended college at the University of Denver and Mankato State College. He married his childhood sweetheart, Cynthia Roberta Wear, on August 14, 1965. Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. During his time in the Army, he and Cynthia lived in West Berlin, Germany, and he served in active duty in the Vietnam War.
After leaving the Army in 1970, Dennis served as a police officer in Iowa Falls, Iowa and attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge before becoming a state trooper with the Iowa State Patrol in 1975. He spent 27 years of his career at Iowa State Patrol, serving at Post 10 in Decorah and Post 9 in Cedar Falls. After retiring in 2003, he and Cynthia left Waverly and spent several years in Clarksville, Arkansas before returning to Iowa and settling down in Bettendorf.
Dennis was a proud father of three children, Hans Brian, Robert William, and Johanna Jane Lovig. He adored his six grandchildren, Hans Brady, Mason, Gilbert, Gwyneth, Vincent, and Owen.
Dennis enjoyed the symphony and theater and spent some of his early adult years performing on stage. Later in his adult life, he focused his energies in supporting his kids in their activities, including driving a bus of kids for thousands of miles to Drum Corps competitions. He was quick to accept an offer for a road trip, however far. He never needed GPS, as he could navigate from memory any place he’d ever been in his life (including parking lots and rest stops). His mind was a steel trap for trivia, dates, places, and events. When his family would ask, “how do you remember these things?”, his response was always, “I get paid to know things.” If the television was on, it was almost certain he was watching a John Wayne movie.
Dennis leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Cynthia, his children Brian (Amy), Robert (Susan), and Johanna, grandchildren Brady, Mason, Gilbert, Gwyneth, Vincent, and Owen, sisters Carol (Lovig) Anderson and Sandy (Hendrickson) Hofsommer, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, with visitation on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and funeral services immediately following at 3:30 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls, Iowa on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.