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, P.O. 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, 2011.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 22, 2011.