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Jewell R. Loveland

May 6, 1922 — July 25, 2021

Jewell R. Loveland passed from this life on July 25, 2021 in Rockford, Illinois. Born in Lauratown, Arkansas on May 6, 1922, one of 15 children to Ora and Rachel (Matthews) Loveland.
Jewell started working in the cotton fields as a young boy and running fishing lines and setting traps. He was called to the Army where he served from 1942 thru 1945. Once discharged, he returned to Arkansas where he married the love of his life, Tressie Weatherford. They moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1951 to find work. Jewell worked in factories for years until being hired by Chrysler where he worked until he retired. After retiring he mowed lawns until he was 92.
Jewell walked thousands of miles in his lifetime, never driving a car and this must have contributed to a healthy 99 years.
Jewell was a talented musician playing many stringed instruments but especially loved the guitar and violin until he couldn’t play anymore.
His hobbies were flea markets and antique malls where he and his wife had booths for many years. After she passed away he continued it with his son. He also loved gardening both flowers and vegetables, fishing, and the Cubs. He will be missed by those who loved him.
He is survived by his children Pamela Gutierrez, Lori (Mike) Walsh, and Penny (Mickey) Simmons; his grandchildren Sonny, Dusty (Kim), Lisa (Chris), Jasmine, Gabriel, Scarlet, Brianna, and Ashley; his fourteen great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and grand dogs Lola, Copper and Pittypat. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Tressie, children Jimmie and infant daughter Lisa Loveland, as well as his fourteen siblings.
A visitation will take place for Jewell on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61108. A graveside service will take place on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. To send online condolences, please visit

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Friday, July 30, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Mulford Chapel

1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108

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