Loren E. Love, age 76, of Vandalia, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 20. He passed away at home with his family. The family will receive friends at his home to celebrate his life, 20714 Pike 499, Vandalia, from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.
He was born on February 17, 1938 in Mexico, Mo. A son of Harlan E. Love and Fern (Cox) Love. He was married to Delores Ann (Branstetter) Love then married Marilyn (Kohl) Love on January 29, 1982 who survives at their home.
He was a 1956 graduate of R-VI High School. After graduation he began his professional career as an auto body specialist. He owned and operated Love’s Body Shop in Vandalia for 35 years.
Upon retirement from the auto body business, he worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections in Jefferson City then moving to Bowling Green where he attained the rank of Sgt.
He stayed with the DOC until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of the Vandalia Masonic Lodge No. 491.
He loved traditional country music. He started at an early age with his brothers playing the early morning radio show in Wichita Falls, Texas. He continued playing music through the years with many area musicians. He and his wife enjoyed playing senior dances with “Yesterday’s Gold Band.”
He was happiest working on his farm. He also enjoyed outdoor activities with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Greg (Ann) Love, of High Ridge, Mo. and Scott Love, of Harrison, Ark.; two daughters, Lorie (Don) Uhey and Ellen (Alan) Roy, both of Vandalia; one sister, Janet Page, of Vandalia; two sisters-in-law, Connie Love, Las Vegas, Nev., and Marie Hargrove, of Greenville, Miss. He has eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his “sweetie pie” mother-in-law Rachel Kohl.
Memorial contributions may be made to “Blessings in a Bag” in care of Cindy Pirch, Van-Far High School.
Local arrangements made through Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.