Chalmer Lovely

July 11, 1944 ‒ January 22, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Chalmer Lovely, 74 of Delaware passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Arbors of Delaware.

He was born July 11, 1944 in Breathitt, Kentucky, the son of the late Holert Lovely & Cora Vanderpool . Chalmer graduated high school, and would go on to proudly serve in the United States Navy. Chalmer attended the First English Lutheran Church, in Mansfield, Ohio. He worked for Midway, and US Air as an airline pilot before his retirement. In his spare time Chalmer also officiated Football Games, and umpired baseball games for 35+ years.

Left to cherish his memory are son Mark Lovely of Delaware;  grandson Joshua Lovely; brother Nelson Vanderpool; sister Shirley Pounds; uncles David, Arthur, and Tommy Bach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his companion of 30 years Cynthia Harmon, son Paul Lovely.

Chalmer was a pure adrenaline junky who loved riding his motorcycle, flying radio-controlled airplanes, and driving his Porsche. His greatest achievement in life was implementing Jesus Christ into his family.

Son And Chaplain Mark Lovely, along with Rev. Tim Pounds will officiate a memorial service Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:00 pm at the Fusion Church, 220 Industrial Drive, Lexington, Ohio 44906.

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  • Chuck was more than just a brother to me. He was a mentor in my young days. We did a lot together. Way too much to mention. Flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and playing mini bike tag just to mention a few. I’m sure you remember being chased around the yard by Chuck on a mini bike back in the day Mark. I loved this man and will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace my brother..

  • What a shock ! To lose one of my long and best friends . I visited with Chuck and Cindy in Mans. about 3 yrs.ago . Chuck and I worked together at Galion Iron Wks. in the mid 60’s . I hauled his Harley “K” model to a few races , we went to Livonia,MI. race and slept in the ladies restroom . What great times we had together ! My late son Rick ref’ed and umpired with him at several HS’s . Mark you and all your family are in my prayers . R.I.P. my brother , I will see you on the other side some day , we’ll talk about flat trackin . Dick Crossman

  • Prayers and Condolences to the family, grew up with his children in Lexington Ohio where I 1st met him as a friend of Bob Lape who owned NEER Mfg. What a great guy, he will surely be missed. I will remember Chuck in life as Captain Chaos, good times.

  • I,like Dick Grossman Raced a few times with Chalmer. In fact I too worked with him at the Iron Works. He came to me one day an said,if you will make that thing run for me I`ll give it to you if I can ride it. He won the first heat race that we went to I think Athens Ohio,and I think third in the final? I only wish he would have shown me how he made that Whoeee Stick work? Yes wonderful nice man has passed.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Mark. We will see them all one day. I love you and I’m always here for you. You are my little brother. Always have been🙏🏻

  • To the Lovely Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. Not sure if we are related but we carry the Lovely name too and our family was from Salyersville, Kentucky. Chalmer was a ref at our son’s High School football game for the Galion Tigers at Marion Harding and he asked our son about his last name. We are thinking about all of the family. May he rest in peace.

  • Uncle Chuck, oh how you loved to tease me! You knew when you hugged my mom I would get so angry at you! I didn’t realize my mom (Shirley Pounds) was your sister! Threatening to smash you with a grapefruit and you just throwing your head back laughing while hugging my mom is a memory I treasure!
    Fly high, ride fast and keep em all laughing!
    You are much loved, Uncle Chuck!

    I love you!

  • I first met Chalmer when I was 5 years old and he was 3. We grew up in Breathitt County, KY in the small community of Noctor, KY. We went to school together, learned how to hunt and fish and loved going camping on weekends. We went to High School together and was best friends throughout. His family moved from Breathitt County to Southern Ohio just before he graduated from high schools. He and I both vowed to become pilots as pre-teens and we both accomplished that goal. As adults we both lost touch but we never lost those fond memories of growing up in KY. He will be missed in our lives here but we take comfort in knowing that he has been received in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus. Re 2Timothy 4:6-8.

  • I attended Elementary School at Sugar Camp with Chalmer and was a few grades ahead of him. He and my brother John Carpenter were best friends and I recall what a fun guy he was to have around. His sister Shirley was a cheerleader for the high school basketball team that I played for at Breathitt Co. High. Chalmer was a neighbor and great friend from our Elementary days. Times were hard and the students that came from Sugar Camp School went out in the world and did great things like Chalmer did, the world is a lesser place without his present. Rest in peace Chalmer. I am sure there is a new star in the sky. Prayers for the entire family left behind!