STARKS - Vincent Earl Lovell Jr., 75, of Starks, better known as "Butch the Wanderer", died at the Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, surrounded by his friends and family.
He was born on April 22, 1943 in Farmington, the first son of Vincent Earl Lovell Sr. and Mary (Nile) Lovell. He graduated from Madison High School, class of 1961, where he met and later married his wife Diane Sproull, also a 1961 classmate. They were married on Jan. 22, 1963 and recently celebrated 57 years together.
Vincent joined the United States Air Force in November 1961 as a jet airplane mechanic for the KC 135s and the 747s, and refueling B-52s, as a crew chief he flew where his airplane went, serving in Alaska, England, Spain, stationed in 1970 in Thailand. He earned "Crew Chief of the Month" award and retired as sargent/master sergeant after 22 years in 1984. As a second career, he was a carpenter and millwright in the local unions, he worked on papermill turbines, also on the turbines at Maine Yankee, in Seabrook N.H., in Virginia, Michigan and Ohio, he retired after 20 years in 2005.
He loved spending time with his friends, making them fly rods and tying flies, fishing his life away, he enjoyed time building his house and garage on the land he loved in Starks with his friend's help. He had many special friends "you know who you are". Vincent enjoyed class reunions, military and union reunions, he was a member of the American Legion, Masons Lodge "Worthy Masters Chair" of New Sharon and North Anson Lodge, retired Air Force reunion, dancing in his workshop, garage. He would say "Diane, come dance with me" with the radio at full blast, just enjoying life.
He was predeceased by his father, Vincent Earl Lovell Sr.
Vincent is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane; his mother, Mary (Nile) Lovell; his daughters, Vanda Madore and her husband, Rodney, Kristi Adams and her husband, Tim, by his one and only son, Parrish and his wife, Kathy; by his grandchildren, Nicole and Erin Madore and special gift, Jade Eastman. He is also survived by his sisters, Beverly Noonan and her husband, Vincent, and Mary Jane Groff and her husband, Bill, brother James Lovell and his wife, Sharon; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Special thank you to all of the friends of Diane and Vincent that made his long stay in the Alzheimer's unit at the veterans nursing home in Augusta somewhat bearable. Your smiles made our day, six years is a long time, thank you. I miss you already Vincent, thank you for our children - your loving wife, Diane.
A Celebration of Life will be held on his birthday Monday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Madison.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit www.gibersonfuneralhome.com
Published by Central Maine on Mar. 27, 2019.