James Monroe Lovitt | PostIndependent.com

James Monroe Lovitt

Jim was born in Mulberry, Arkansas to Virgil Monroe Lovitt and Jimmie Belle Williams Lovitt. Rosetta, his older sister and a younger sister, Lela, were also born in Mulberry before Virgil moved his family west in 1930 to Arizona. Two sons were born there, Gene, born in Chandler and Virgil in Holbrook. Jim’s parents, his brother Gene and his sister Rosetta preceded him in death.

Jim joined the Army on Jan. 8, 1942 and fought in the South Pacific. Like most Vets he spoke very little of the war. We knew he had been wounded when a grenade landed in the foxhole he shared with two other soldiers, one on each side of him. The men were killed and Jim was severely wounded. Jim’s brother, Virgil, was reading through his enlisted record and discovered Jim’s unit had been awarded a Pacific Theater Ribbon. But, he was shocked to learn that Jim, along with his Purple Heart, had been awarded two Bronze Stars. No one in his family had any idea about his medals and distinguished service. Jim was sent home to heal and was stationed in Arizona until his discharge on Oct. 8, 1945.

Jim married Miriam June Bagwell March 26, 1946 in Holbrook, Arizona. They had three children, Virginia (Ginger) Gayle, Vernon Ray and Kathy June. Vernon and Kathy were deaf so Jim moved his family to Denver where they could attend school. Jim worked for the post office for 30 years. After retiring he worked part time, not able to sit still very long, until 1974 when he moved Grandma June to New Castle.

Ginger married Norm Shroll and had two sons, Jeffery Norman and Brian Scott. Jeff married Elizabeth Masimer of Glenwood Springs and they have three daughters, Taylor, Lauren and Ellie. They reside in Gypsum. Brian and Andrea Ekstrand have a son, Garrett. Brian lives in Wyoming and Andrea and Garrett are in the Denver area.

Kathy married Gary Cacciatore and they had two sons, Justin and Jesse. Justin and his wife Teresa live in Colorado Springs. Jesse and his wife Christina have one boy, Christopher. Jesse lives in Colorado Springs and Christina in California. Kathy lives in Glenwood Springs and Gary in Colorado Springs.

Jim’s sister, Lela, and her family live near Phoenix and his brother Virgil in Chloride, Arizona.

Jim and June loved their grandkids and spent many nights in their camping trailer around Meadow Lake. Jim taught them all how to fish and some things he shouldn’t have. But they loved them and the kids will never forget the times they had together. June passed away April 18, 2008.

Jim stayed at the house until he nearly died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace. After a short stay in the hospital he was moved to Grace Healthcare. He had a hard time adjusting but soon started flirting with the nurses and even though he complained, he was well taken care of and loved by everyone there. Thank you all so much for taking such good care of him.

Jim did not want a service so we will honor his wishes. The family will gather for a picnic and share stories at Meadow Lake when the snow is gone this summer.

Thank you all who knew and cared for Jim and June and thank you to their church family at the First Baptist Church of Garfield County.

Jim and June Lovitt and family

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