Gerard Carlton "Pete" Lovely
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Gerard Carlton "Pete" LOVELY Gerard Carlton 'Pete' Lovely, age 85, died at home in Tacoma, Washington on Sunday, May 15, 2011 following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Pete was born April 11, 1926 in Livingston, Montana to the late Gerard and Mildred Lovely. He attended Park County High School in Livingston and, after moving with his family to Seattle, graduated from Garfield High School in 1943. Pete served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation mechanic from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946. Wherein his military skills led to a job at North American Aviation in El Segundo, California and then, back to Seattle to work for the Boeing Company. In 1954, Pete and his former wife, Patricia, started a Volkswagen dealership that he owned and operated for 34 years. In 1955, he bought a Cooper Sports car and installed a Porsche engine; this became known as the famous 'Pooper' in which he won the 1955 F-Modified SCCA National Championship. He was one of few Americans, and one of the last privateers, to ever race in Formula One. Pete's racing career spanned more than 50 years and he continued to participate in Vintage/Historic events until stricken with Alzheimer's disease in 2009. Pete is survived by his children, Chris Lovely (Lori), Linda Penovich (Nick), Laurie Lovely, Lisa Lovely, Victoria Lovely, Jerele Lovely and Jana Lovely (Garth Saylor), his 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, his sister, Barbie Lovely-Doyon and his cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Nevele. Pete's family would like to extend special thanks to his caregivers - Catherine, Florence, Rehemah and Sally; FamilyResource Home Care and Franciscan Hospice. Contributions in the name of Pete Lovely may be made to the Laguna Seca Raceway Fund, PO Box 2078, Monterey, CA 93942. A memorial will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 11th.

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 22, 2011.
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May 16, 2019
Oh Dad, how I miss you. I miss your guidance, your stories, your laugh. You were absolutely the best dad ever, and I am blessed that you were mine. We shared so much together, and my memories are priceless. You taught me how to ride a bike, how to drive, how to always to whatever I started until it was complete. Thank you for all the love and understanding you gave me. You are always in my heart. PS. I hope you and Mom are living it up!!
Jerele Lovely
Daughter
June 11, 2011
I was deeply sadden to hear about Pete's passing.I worked at his V/W store at Fife in the 70's I always consider him to be one of the best people that I ever worked for. Rest in peace you will be missed.
John Long
June 1, 2011
Dear Grandpa - I never got to know you real well, but I heard lots of stories from my mom. I will miss you, Grandpa. I love you, your granddaughter, Emily Sierra Quick
Emily Quick
May 31, 2011
Sorry to hear about Pete's passing. Condolences to his family ...Knew him back in the 50's when I was the first woman Race Chair for the NW Region of the Sports Car Club of America...and saw him race and win at Laguna Seca...He was an interesting man, loved his fast cars and a pioneer in Northwest racing...Diane Rosen Halferty
DIANE ROSEN HALFERTY
May 30, 2011
Pete was my first employer, together with Jerry Barker and William Boeing Jr., at East Pike Street and Melrose, Vokswagen Washington Inc. My mother purchased a 1953 Vokswagen for me at that time and I found a job with the company, working in the parts department together with Baldor Klein, where Dick Schmidt was the mechanic, who did a lot of the work for Pete. I had the privilege of watching him race many times, in various places. I will always remember Pete. I would love to visit his grave site and pay my last respects. I am forwarding the obituary to a dear friend of mine, race driver, Jerry Grant, whom Pete knew very well, I'm sure. Jerry lives in California.
My deepest sympathy to his two daughters and extended family.
May the eternal God rest his soul in peace.
Sincerely, Juergen Ringmann
Pastor (Emeritus)
Valley View German Church
Tacoma, Wasington
Juergen Ringmann
May 25, 2011
Cheryl Clark/ Parsons
May 25, 2011
I shall fondly remember Pete from the earliest days at Westwood and Kent. Always the gentleman and always fast. I'm so glad we had the chance to reconnect in 2003 ... it was like 50 years had disappeared.

While we didn't know each other well, I admired Pete as a person and as a friend. I know that these past few years were the most difficult laps of all. Rest well old friend, rest well.
Gord Swanson
May 24, 2011
Laurie, Jerele, Jana, Chris, Linda, Lisa, & Victoria,
I am so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. I have fond memories of my time being friend's with the Lovely girls (Laurie, Jerele, and Jana). I remember Pete being a nice yet quiet leader of the Lovely family. My deepest sympathies are with you all in your time of grieving.
Vickie Clark
May 23, 2011
My condolences to Pete's family and friends. A past Livingston resident sent the news of his passing to a Livingston group who keep track of Park High School graduates. I believe that Pete's father, Gerard "Jiggs" (I hope I've got that right), was a cousin of my granddad Bryan Thomas Lovely. Would enjoy hearing from Pete's family, especially anyone who might be able to fill in the family tree. Again, my sympathy for your loss.
Doug Lovely
May 23, 2011
We thought Pete could not possibly be older than his early 60’s.
He always looked like a young man.
He was quiet and polite, but below the surface he was also one very courageous, daring, adventurous globe trotting competitor.
He did not “toot his own horn,” but nevertheless, he did pass many others when he had his hands on the steering wheel.
God’s Speed Pete!
Dan Gurney
Dan Gurney
May 23, 2011
I'm glad I got to spend the time with you that I did. Watching you race was incredible! You will be missed by many.
Garth Saylor
May 22, 2011
Mr Lovely, I already miss the talks about your life journeys and the cool cars that you had. I think about Mrs Lovely and remember you both often. People come into our lives that make that everlasting impression and that is what the both of you did.You were not old people you both were cool people you new how to dress and act and have fun even though you were in your eighties Mr. Lovely you made it to the finish line with class, dignity, an admiration and I will miss you both.
jim martin
May 22, 2011
Oh, Dad, what a wonderful inspiration you were to me and so many others. What a wonderful childhood you gave me, such awesome memories I cherish. I love you, Dad. Please kiss Mom for me, and remember I will think of you both daily. Love always, Jerele
Jerel Lovely
May 22, 2011
Dad, There are few words I have right now. Thanks for being my Dad and all you've done for me. You will be sorely missed.
Jana Lovely
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