I’m a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and retired Episcopal Priest (separate careers), and a widower as of Jan 29, 2021. My partner, lover, and friend, Deborah Sue Lovelady (Debbie), of 48 years died from a culmination of ailments, primarily Lupus and Diabetes. Her obituary is online through this link. Her remains are laid to rest in the Columbarium at Ascension Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity, Pueblo, Colorado, her Committal was on April 17, 2021. A video of her Committal is available through this link.
Her death leaves a big hole in my heart and my life. Rest in peace and rise in Glory, my love.
Debbie and I have 5 children and 8 grandchildren ranging in age from 11 to 33. I retired in 2009 from full time church work and we moved to Olympia, WA to be near our youngest daughter and grandchildren. My delight in my retirement has been our grandchildren and the opportunities to travel (see my travel journals through other links on my site). Unfortunately, all my children and grandchildren now live in other parts of the world/country, in Muenster, Germany, Nashville, TN, and Leander, TX so travel is one of my main priorities.
I served 22 years of active duty in the Air Force as a Weapons Mechanic, Recruiter, Base Career Advisor and NCOIC of Military personnel (CBPO). My duty stations were Lackland AFB, TX (1963, basic training); Lowry AFB, CO (1963-64); Carswell AFB, TX (1964-1966); Andersen AB, Guam (1965 & 1972); Bien Hoa AB, Viet Nam (1966-67); Fairchild AFB, WA (1972-75); Kadena AB, Okinawa (1975-78; Eglin AFB, FL(1978-80); Walla Walla, WA (1980-82); Hill AFB, UT (1982-84); Kunson AB, South Korea (1984-850; Mountain Home AFB, ID (1985-90).
I retired from the Air Force and attended Seminary at the School of theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. graduating and ordained Deacon and Priest in 1993. I served as Curate of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown, NY (1993-1998); Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Westfield, NY (1998-2004) and Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV (2004-09). In my retirement I’ve served in the Diocese of Olympia (WA) as Interim Rector of St. Luke-San Lucas, Vancouver, WA (2010-2011) Associate priest of St. Mary’s, Lakewood, WA (2012-2016), and Interim Vicar and Rector of St. Benedict’s, Lacey, WA (2016-2020), Assisting Priest at St. Mary’s, Lakewood, WA (2021 – ) and Sunday supply in several congregations in the diocese of Olympia. I entered full retirement in Oct 2020.
Eldwin (Ed) Lovelady