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Lt. Col. Louie Edgar Lovitt, USAF (Retired) passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. Born July 2, 1928, "Lou" grew up in Galesburg, Illinois and joined the Army Air Corps at age seventeen and later went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot until he retired. He served in the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Crisis, and Vietnam War honorably and with distinction. Some of his many honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the United Nations Service Medal, the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and many others. He always proclaimed his service in flight as the "greatest job in the world" and the United States of America the greatest country on earth. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Bettie) Lovitt and brother-in-law Travis Surber of San Antonio, Texas; his children Louie Scott and wife Isabel Lovitt, Stephen and wife Bonnie Lovitt, Susan and husband Larry Keith, Saundra and husband Joel Pratt, Sara and husband Wade Woolson; and step-sons Donald and wife Mary Eichman, Christopher and wife Mary Eichman; two nieces; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of family, flight, and country and missed by all who loved him dearly. Visitation will be held at the Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, Texas from 4-8 PM on June 22, 2014. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, June 23, 2014 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home with interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/. Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com/.
Published in Express-News on June 21, 2014