Emmett E. Lovett

January 30, 1926 - April 21, 2018

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Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, April 26, 10:30 AM
Helmer United Methodist Church


Emmett Eugene Lovett, 92, of Kendallville died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his residence.

A 1944 graduate of Kendallville High School, he was born January 30, 1926, to Lester C. and Dola Mae (Deetz) Lovett on the family farm where he spent his last days surrounded by friends and family.

Emmett has been a lifetime member of the Helmer United Methodist Church.

Emmett married the love of his life, Martha Jean (Schulthess) Lovett on June 6, 1947, in Garrett. The two love birds were blessed with 70 years together. She survives in Kendallville.

Also surviving are a son, William (Brenda) Lovett of Kendallville; a daughter, Julie (Tom) Woehnker of Kendallville; son-in-law, Henry Shull of Kendallville; six grandchildren, Tiffany (Hank) Dunkel of Mongo, Chandra (Pat) Haney of Noblesville, Heather (Josh) Keipper of Wolcottville, Krystal Shull of New York City, Mary Woehnker of Kendallville, and Thomas Woehnker of Indianapolis; and eleven great-grandchildren, Leyton Keipper, Nash Keipper, Landry Keipper, Abbryll Dunkel, August Dunkel, Leah Dunkel, Aidan Haney, Rheagan Haney, Adeline Haney, Reed Haney, and Royce Haney.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Sandra Kay Lovett Shull.

Emmett communicated in word and deed the importance of faith, family and surrounding yourself with good people. He was a hard worker and the happiest when working on the farm that's been in the family for 160 years.

Emmett instilled many lessons into his loved ones including to work hard but still have some fun. When he gave advice, you listened. Emmett was tough, ornery, funny, generous, caring and expected the best from you. As long as you were willing to put in the work, he'd help make your dreams come true.

Emmett and Martha's home was filled with love, laughter and the best home cooked food whether entertaining friends or a family gathering. With a contagious smile and love for people, Emmett was always willing to lend a helping hand.

When the work was done, Emmett loved music, playing golf with his buddies, traveling the country in the motor home and playing horse shoes. Whether it was riding horses, motorcycles or his scooter, he had one speed - fast.

In the late 1970's, Emmett joined his kids in getting their pilots license and loved flying his plane. There was never a dull moment. With Emmett's boisterous laugh and bright personality, he made everything better.

Martha and Emmett spent many years living in their Florida home during the winter. They will always love the many friends they made at Buttonwood Bay in Sebring.

Emmett will be dearly missed but no one can deny it was a life well lived.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Helmer United Methodist Church with Pastor Donna Holcomb and Pastor Sam Weimer officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Honorary pallbearers are Ivan Buckmaster, Verle Wysong, Tom Burke, Jerry Davis, John Riemke, and Dick Warford. Active pallbearers are Jim Deetz, John Deetz, Tim Grube, Danny Grube, Enos Schwartz, and Thomas Woehnker, II.

Calling is Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to the Helmer United Methodist Church.

View a video tribute after Wednesday or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Larry and Suzy Vendrely
April 30th, 2018 1:43pm
Buttonwood Bay

Sending you special prayers. Will always remember Emmett.

Barbara (Jack) Dusel
April 28th, 2018 12:20pm

Dear Martha and Family, You were next door to me at Lutheran Life for a bit. I will quote someone who left a message below "what a great example to live by" both of you. You took me by my hand the first time you met me and acted like I was part of your family. Sometimes Emmett was at our table in the dining hall by himself, and what a wonderful cheerful person he was! I will be thinking of you in the coming weeks, and praying for you all.

Elaine and Bruce Alpart
April 27th, 2018 4:27pm
Buttonwood Bay, Sebring, FL

Dear Martha and family: We remember Emmett with fond memories especially when he was playing shuffleboard. He always had a smile on his face and was a true gentlemen. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Pat Cochard
April 26th, 2018 2:06pm

My thoughts are with the Lovett Family at this difficult time. My heart is heavy for you all, but I know your faith is strong and will guide you through it. My memories are so rich with happy times playing cards and enjoying conversations with Emmett and Martha over a really good meal. There are no finer people anywhere and I take comfort knowing Emmett is playing cards in heaven with my parents and other close friends. May God’s Love and peace be with you all. Love, Pat

April 26th, 2018 9:02am

Dear Martha and family. Emmett was such a great example for us to live by and he will be truly missed by all who loved him. Remember the good times and cherish your memories. Keep the Faith our deepest sympathy, Carolyn and family

roger & marlene cupstid
April 25th, 2018 2:43pm

just got in from natchez miss on trip to see great grandbabys so sorry for your loss alice had talked to me about he was not doing well he had a great life and we miss u both every year love

Tim McArdle & Lelia McArdle
April 24th, 2018 7:50pm
Salesville Arkansas

Great times Great people I’ll always remember my first attempt on the scooter of Emmetts! My mom and I wish you all the best , God bless

Dave & Grace Hitt
April 24th, 2018 5:50pm
Sebring, Florida

Dear Martha & Family, Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Emmett. We remember Emmett as a very kind and gentle person. May your memories of wonderful times share comfort you and your family. Gods blessings be with you.

Jerry & Jan DeLong
April 24th, 2018 4:40pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one. I always enjoyed playing golf with Emmett. Very nice man. I have known Emmett for a very long time. I will miss him.

Sylvia Bloomfield
April 23rd, 2018 7:29pm

Krystal, so sorry to hear about your grandpa. May his spirit live on in you. Cherish all the wonderful memories you guys had together. I loved hearing your stories about him.

kenny& janet bodenhafer
April 23rd, 2018 7:21pm

Sorry for your loss

Luana Walker
April 23rd, 2018 12:27pm

My sympathy and prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you strength, comfort and peace.

April 23rd, 2018 7:49am