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Brent Alan Lovelace

 


On Jan. 25, 1947, Brent Alan Lovelace was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Fredrick and Florence Lovelace. After a very brief hospital stay, he passed away on Dec. 18, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore.

Brent had two sisters, Barbara Pozza and Irva Vokali, and three brothers, Fredrick, Ronald and Thornton Lovelace; also, many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Irva Vokali, and his three brothers. He is survived by one sister, Barbara Pozza.

Brent grew up and attended school in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he ran a construction company in Pleasant Valley until he moved to Washington state, Klickitat County, in the early 1980s.

The rural country life appealed to Brent and he loved to work outside and always included his dogs in whatever he did. He had a German Shepard named “Sly” and later got “Ralph,” a cocker spaniel. He had Ralph until his death. Ralph now has a new loving home for as long as is needed.

Brent used dump trucks in construction company in New York state, which he continued with Brentz Construction business in Washington. He worked many aspects of construction, including building additions to a local church; building pond aerators, fencing, landscaping, bob-Cat jobs, plowing snow, laying concrete, striping Goldendale’s city street road project and striping parking lots for the local swimming pool, the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, local banks, the Grange Hall, restaurants, grocery stores, fairgrounds and fuel stations, etc. Brent lived a simple, but satisfying life and loved the outdoors.

In the U.S. Army, Brent was a heavy vehicle driver and truck driver. As a Vietnam Veteran, he also earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was also classified as an expert Rifleman. He served six years in active and reserve military service from August of 1966 to August of 1972.

Brent did many local volunteer services. He was on the board of commissioners for the local swimming pool. He was always ready and willing to get in and help with repairs to keep the pool open for the kids.

He belonged to the local American Legion and Chamber of Commerce. Brent enjoyed helping people and passing on his experience and knowledge in whatever area he could; whether carpentry, vehicle painting, or plumbing.

Memorial services will be held at the American Legion in Goldendale, on Jan. 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. Immediately following, there will be a luncheon hosted by the American Legion auxiliary. Interment will be at a later date, in the military portion of the IOOF/Mountain View Cemetery, in Goldendale.

 

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