Paul J. Lovely

Paul J. Lovely, 96, of Sanford, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2016. Paul was born to the late Paul and Emma (LaMotte) Lovely on June 30, 1920 in Grayling. He was a Grayling High School graduate, class of 1939. He worked on ships in the Great Lakes before joining the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Paul married Pauline (Snyder) Doran February 5, 1966. She preceded him in death in 2004. They shared 38 wonderful years together. 
Paul worked for over 17 years for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland. He then worked for Professional Dental Supply for over 21 Years. After his retirement, he and Pauline wintered in Florida. Paul was known for his love of his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He also had a passion for gardening and his yard which was enjoyed by all of his friends and neighbors. Paul had a wide range of interests including birds, boating, fishing, and a good chat. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Sanford for many years and served the Lord faithfully. Paul was also a member of the Midland American Legion for over 60 years.
Mr. Lovely is survived by his daughters Paula Bennett and Kendra (Bill) Mueller; step-son James Crocker; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and brother-in-law Virgil “Bud” (Margaret) Snyder. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews including Dave Smith. Paul was preceded in death by 6 brothers; 4 sisters; his son-in-law Dave Bennett; and step-daughter Donna.  
The Funeral Liturgy for Paul took place at 11 a.m. Monday, December 19, 2016 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish in Sanford with Father Daniel J. Fox O.F.M. Cap. as celebrant.         Full Military Honors were presented by the United States Army and the Midland area Veterans. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish. Online condolences may be left at 

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Phone: 989-348-6811
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