OBITUARY

Lt. Col. Gary Allen Love

March 11, 1946March 7, 2020
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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary Allen Love, “Papa G”, passed away on March 7, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joan Redmond Love; daughters, Tiffany Love Ellis and her husband Chris, Karenmichelle Love; a son, Shane Brown; a sister, Beth Rohling and her husband Hermann; a brother-in-law; Jimmy Redmond and his wife Connie; grandsons, Zach Brown and his wife Kayla, Parker Seaton; a great-granddaughter, Brinleigh Brown; nephews, Larry Love and his wife Jane, Paul Love and his wife Lorin, Michael Rohling and his wife Amber, Brian Rohling and his wife Kayla; many grandnieces and nephews, as well as other extended family and dear friends.

Born in Euclid, Ohio on March 11, 1946, he is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Val Love; his brother, Dale Love.

After graduating from Kent State University, Gary served as a pilot in the United States Air Force where he received the Bronze Star. While serving for 22 years he also obtained his Masters in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, servant to his country, and avid golfer. Gary won the Professional Putt-Putter Association Parade of Champions in 1967 and was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1969. He loved singing in the barbershop quartet and was a dedicated member of his church choir. Papa G loved to make people laugh, always had a new joke to share, and had the best Donald Duck impersonation.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Robert “Bob” Massingill for taking care of our family for over 20 years; Kate Young and the wonderful staff at Christus Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center, Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital, Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center, and Christus Schumpert Grace Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, March 11th at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA, with a visitation beginning at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

  • FAMILY

  • Walter Love, Father (deceased)
  • Val Love, Mother (deceased)
  • Dale Love, Brother (deceased)
  • Joan Redmond Love, Wife
  • Tiffany Love Ellis (Chris), Daughter
  • Karenmichelle Love, Daughter
  • Shane Brown, Son
  • Beth Rohling (Hermann), Sister
  • Jimmy Redmond (Connie), Brother-in-law
  • Zach Brown (Kayla), Grandson
  • Parker Seaton, Grandson
  • Brinleigh Brown, Great Granddaughter
  • Larry Love (Jane), Nephew
  • Paul Love (Lorin), Nephew
  • Michael Rohling (Amber), neohew
  • Brian Rohling (Kayla), Nephew
  • Many

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Donna Durkee

March 17, 2020

Dear Joan and family, It was a true blessing to know Gary. He never met a stranger---so outgoing and caring. Our memories together will always be cherished, especially our tour together at Ramstein AB, Germany. I thank God that we spent a fun time at the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas. I will miss his smile, his jokes, his zest for life, dedication and service to his country, and especially the love of family and care to his friends. You WILL BE TRULY MISSED, GARY. My deepest sympathy to you, Joan, but what a wonderful marriage and love the two of you shared for 40 years!

Randy Holtzclaw

March 10, 2020

I always enjoyed spending time with Gary , when I came to treat your house for bugs. Enjoyed visiting with Gary. He was a special man and I know he has no more pain. With all he went through he was always cheerful when I came. Thanks for the memories. Randy Holtzclaw

Don and Melba Rittenberry

March 10, 2020

Will always remember Gary’ s service to our country. We feel honored that he and Joan were very close friends. Gary had a great personality and could always make you laugh! He was loved by many and will be missed. But he is in a better place. Will continue praying for his family. Bless all of you.

Love to the Love family

Don and Melba

Linda. Liles

March 10, 2020

Gary has been a part of Ron’s and my life for years. He, along with his wife Joan, had become a part of our family. Losing him has been difficult and we will always cherish the times that we spent with him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, Joan, his family and all of those that loved him. Rest In Peace, Gary. With love, Ron Hill and Linda Liles

Nancy Padgett

March 8, 2020

Gary was a such a special man and great friend. Steve and I, and the LHS Class of 1965, so enjoyed getting to know him. Steve looked forward to their golf games in Lanett. He spoke so fondly of Joan and his precious family. We will all miss him and his spirit. Prayers of comfort and peace to all of you. Nancy Few Padgett and Steve Padgett

john landrum

March 8, 2020

Joan and Family

So very sorry to hear about Gary. Our love and prayers are with you, Very sorry we can not make it to the funeral. Will make donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Gary's name.

Love and Prayers
John and Liz

Jim/Connie Redmond

March 8, 2020

Connie@redmondroad.com

Gary Love was loved by all.

Bonnie-Lyn Ray

March 8, 2020

Joan, Tiffany, and family - I am so very sorry for your loss. Gary was a wonderful, loving man. Y'all are in my prayers. Much love, Bonnie-Lyn

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Biography

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary Allen Love, “Papa G”, passed away on March 7, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joan Redmond Love; daughters, Tiffany Love Ellis and her husband Chris, Karenmichelle Love; a son, Shane Brown; a sister, Beth Rohling and her husband Hermann; a brother-in-law; Jimmy Redmond and his wife Connie; grandsons, Zach Brown and his wife Kayla, Parker Seaton; a great-granddaughter, Brinleigh Brown; nephews, Larry Love and his wife Jane, Paul Love and his wife Lorin, Michael Rohling and his wife Amber, Brian Rohling and his wife Kayla; many grandnieces and nephews, as well as other extended family and dear friends.

Born in Euclid, Ohio on March 11, 1946, he is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Val Love; his brother, Dale Love.

After graduating from Kent State University, Gary served as a pilot in the United States Air Force where he received the Bronze Star. While serving for 22 years he also obtained his Masters in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, servant to his country, and avid golfer. Gary won the Professional Putt-Putter Association Parade of Champions in 1967 and was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1969. He loved singing in the barbershop quartet and was a dedicated member of his church choir. Papa G loved to make people laugh, always had a new joke to share, and had the best Donald Duck impersonation.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Robert “Bob” Massingill for taking care of our family for over 20 years; Kate Young and the wonderful staff at Christus Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center, Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital, Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center, and Christus Schumpert Grace Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, March 11th at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA, with a visitation beginning at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.