Douglas L. Loveland

ENDEAVOR –  Douglas L. Loveland, age 85, of Endeavor, has joined his wife, Pat, in glory.  He met his Savior, Jesus, on Monday, November 21, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Doug was born on the family farm in Endeavor on August 30, 1937, to Nina Ruth Evans and Allan Floy Loveland.  He was a graduate of Oxford High School Class of ‘55.  He worked at Badger Paints hardware store where he met the love of his life, Pat Hutchinson.  She walked by the store front window where Doug was putting up a display.  Pat grabbed her girlfriend’s arm and said, “get a look at that doll in the window!”  They were united in marriage at Fort Hood, Texas on March 14, 1961, with brother, Delmer and his wife, Diane, as attendants.  He was inducted into the Army in 1961 as a dog handler, where he served in Germany with his dog, “Rusty”.  In 1963, he left the army with an honorable discharge to reunite with his wife, Pat.  Their son, Daniel was born in 1963 and daughter, Debbie in 1965.  He worked at Oscar Mayer in Madison as a mechanic/carpenter and Sullivan design build until 2021.  He was an Awana leader, a charter member of the DeForest Evangelical Free Church, a member of the Douglas Bible Church and a member of the National Rifle Association.

He is leaving behind his best pal, beloved dog, “Buddy”. He is further survived by his children, Daniel (Kathleen) Loveland and Debbie (Eric) Erickson, and his honorary son, Bobbie Girard, where he left a Godly legacy.  He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, Dustin (Melanie) Loveland, Danielle Loveland, Brant Erickson, Dalton Loveland (Ellie Becker), Brielle Erickson, Autumn Loveland, and Jovanny Erickson;  his eight great-grandchildren, Jackson, Gwendolyn, Kimber, Keegan, Blakley, Liam, Cayleigh and Jameson;  his brother, Delmer (Diane) Loveland;  sisters-in-law, Bev Meyer, Elaine Benson, Donna Leege, Sherri Chappell, Kay Dreyer, and Jaki Layke;  his brothers-in-law, Hank Cuff, Jim Hutchinson, Dennis Benson, and Orin Leege;  numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, who were loved by Doug.  He was preceded in death by mother, Nina (Evans) Loveland, father, Allan Loveland, mother-in-law, Evelyn Hutchinson, sisters, Eleanor Simonson, Doris Simonson, Velma Thompson and Shirley Cuff;  sister-in-law, Joyce Canwright; brother-in-law, Dennis Hutchinson; nephew, Brian Loveland, Pat’s half-sister, Ethel Hutchinson, and other relatives.

Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage.  Friends may come to visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Dominick Thoman officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage, with military honors provided by Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Dad loved his family, friends, and dog, but most of all his Savior. Doug was an inspiration to all. We honor and cherish the special memories we hold in our hearts.