Marvin “Lynn” Lovell

December 10, 1943 ‒ March 19, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Marvin “Lynn” Lovell, age 77 of Marion, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 in his home after battling cancer.

On December 10, 1943, Lynn was born to Marvin Paul and Maxine M. (Benge) Lovell in Marion. In 1961, he graduated from Marion Harding High School, previously attending Grand Prairie Elementary and Ridgedale High School. He then graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 with a major in Music Education. During his time at Ohio State, Lynn was an accomplished trumpet player and played with the Ohio State Marching band. He went on to teach music at many schools including Johnstown Monroe, Elyria City, Firelands, Ridegedale, and Ashland College. During this time Marvin was a professional photographer and owned Lovell photography of Elyria, Vermillion, and lastly Marion. After teaching, he worked for the Small Business Administration.

Lynn married his high school sweetheart, Susan Kay (Cochrun) Lovell of Morral.

He was an active cyclist and was a charter member of the Heart of Ohio Tailwinds Bicycle Club. He was also active in ham radio and served in various positions, including Vice President and President, of the Marion Amateur Radio Club. Through his service as the Marion County Emergency Coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, he became a Special Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s office.

He is survived by his devoted wife Susan Kay Lovell; children: Brian (Kathy) Lovell, Amy Lovell- Bergstrom; grandchildren: Samuel Darling, Kirsten Bergstrom, Aaron Lovell, Andrew Lovell; brother Gary (Linda) Lovell; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Rd, Caledonia, OH 43314 from 12:30PM to 2PM; Memorial service will follow at 2PM.

If so desired, donations may be made to Marion County Amateur Emergency Services or Joyce’s Angels.

The family would like to thank Ohio Health Hospice and a special thanks to Tiffany, Whitney, and Teresa. You have been special gifts to the family.

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to be serving the family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • To Susan and family,
    My sympathy and condolences for your loss.
    I think we were all blessed to have known
    Lynn. He will be missed, but I will remember
    him and his good influences.
    Cousin, John Mazza

  • Lovell Family,
    I have so many fond memories of Mr. Lovell from high school band at Ridgedale. I am sorry for your loss.
    Tina and Chris Swartz

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. From the time I met Lynn when I worked with Marion County EMA/LEPC, he welcomed me into his family of friends. I loved to hear his stories of travel and professional adventures. He was so smart and a large personality. He will be missed.

  • I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Lovell. We made a lot of good memories in the band at Ridgedale and Mr. Lovell was a big part of those memories! Every time I saw him after high school he was very nice and remembered me. My sincerest sympathies to the whole family.
    Monnette (Bishop) Cunningham

  • To the Lovell family, my sincere condolences. I went to Ridgedale and knew Mr. Lovell. I was not in band, but that didn’t matter he would speak and take the time to get to know you regardless. He was a great guy.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Mr Lovell’s passing. A devastating loss for his family and for the Ridgedale music community. My condolences to his wonderful family.

  • Prays are for you Susan and Brian I am so sorry for your loss. Amy I sorry for you also your dad was a great man and friend

  • When I was in 7th grade, Mr. Lovell went out of his way to call my mother and strongly advised her start me on piano lessons (he must have heard me tinkering on the piano at school). It was a gift that I still use to this day, and I am deeply thankful.
    I, along with my friends, looked up to him. His sense of humor kept us laughing (I still find myself using his jokes…flutes will always be called “flurts”). He genuinely cared about his students. We only have a handful of people we can call mentors in a lifetime, and Mr. Lovell is one of those for me. Praying for his family and thanking God for his life.

  • Mr. Lovell was my band director from 5th grade through graduation at Ridgedale. Many great memories of that time and the opportunities that he made happen for a bunch of country kids from a small school…Disney World…Washington D.C. trips will always be great memories for me.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Lovell family at this sad time.

  • I had Lynn as a band director at Ridgedale and had a blast with him. He was so talented and had high expectations for us. I saw him many times after I started teaching at Ridgedale and we always picked up where we left off. My prayers for peace and comfort for his family.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Lovell was one of my favorite teachers. I both learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed band under his direction. It was so neat in the fact that Mr. Lovell helped fit my son for an instrument when he started playing in the band at Pleasant. He was such a kind man. All of you are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  • Brian and Family,
    So, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad.
    Our hearts, prayers, and hugs are with you.

  • Susan and family, we are so sorry reading about Lynn. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    R I P. LYNN
    Janet and Bill Thomas

  • Susan and Family,
    I was so sorry to learn of Lynn’s passing. He was a friend and will always be remembered. God Bless you all.

  • Lynn had many talents and varied interests, which he shared with his community.
    The condolences here aptly convey how much he was revered. Our sincere sympathy to all the members of his family in your time of sorrow and grief.

  • Mr. Lovell was an outstanding music man. He contributed greatly to our community. Even though his presence will be missed by us, his memory will live on in the lives of his students.

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Lynn to provide safety services for many bicycle tours. We always found time for a good conversation, which was a highlight of my day.

    He was a very good man, and I treasure those memories.

  • Susan, please accept my sympathy in the loss of your husband. My prayers for you and your family at this difficult time. Lynn is safe in God’s care. Bev Hindman

  • I just found out about his passing. I remember him as a very positive and upbeat teacher who kept things interesting with humor and knowledge. He also raised one of the finest officers and co-workers I’ve ever had in his son, Brian.
    Mr. Lovell’s legacy is one of friendliness and honor.
    Prayers of comfort to his family and prayers of peace to him. God bless.

  • To the family of Lynn Lovell
    Please accept our thoughts and prayers for al lof you as you grieve the loss of Lynn. Our memories of hearing him play that bent up trumpet at the ball games at the Marion Coliseum are the first thing that came to our minds when we heard he had passed. Dixie went to school with him at Grand-Prairie. I had 0ne of the nicest students ever in Brian and I worked with Gary at RV. I know that this time is difficult for all of you, but know that prayers are being offered for you all.
    My God give you the strength and the comforting wisdom you need while you go through this grieving process. May God bless you all.

  • Brian and family, pleases accept our prayerful condolences in the loss of your father. We will keep you in our prayers! Rev. David and Janet Lippert

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