Eric Thomas Lovstad
September 16, 1951 - May 12, 2018
FOREST CITY - Eric Thomas Lovstad, 66, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday May 12, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Friday, May 18, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 508 Carter St, Plymouth. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Plymouth.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E Spring Street, Manly and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
In lieu of customary condolences, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60604-1242.
Eric Thomas Lovstad entered the world on September 16, 1951, in an Algona, Iowa hospital. Born during the Eisenhower administration, his parents, Leonard and Viola (Dolly) Lovstad lived in a small, pale green house in Burt, Iowa, where his earliest memories were of a shadowy picture hanging on the wall in that house, sleeping in a crib in a small room off his parents' bedroom at the farm where he grew up in Plymouth, Iowa, and his first day of kindergarten. On that day he was placed under the tender care of a grandmotherly figure, Mrs. Reynolds. Despite this kindly teacher, he decided that school wasn't for him and insisted on going back home. Amazingly they let him go, but his mom returned him the next day and all went well after that.
Eric's fond memories of growing up in Iowa included a fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Roberts, who was especially nice, reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, hot summers with boyhood friends, little league baseball and riding an old gelding named Guy (the source of his lifetime love of all things of horses). With his parents, Eric learned to play card games like pinochle, 500, and cribbage, and remembered roughhousing with his dad, an event that one time caused Eric to accidentally break his father's nose, which was never held against him. Growing up on an Iowa farm, he enjoyed the hogs, in particular, caring for the newborns providing fresh straw and water to the mothers and keeping a watchful eye out so a huge mother sow wouldn't plop down on her babies and smother them.
Eric's two older brothers, Craig and Jim, were teenagers in the late 50's and early 60's, the heyday for rock and roll music, so the tinny sounds of Buddy Holly and the Richie Valens 45 records drifted out of their upstairs bedrooms. As Eric entered high school at North Central in Manly, he remembered them as some of the happiest years of his life. He had stints on the basketball and football teams, but for over 20 straight years he played organized baseball or softball at catcher, shortstop, third base, and pitcher.
Eric attended NIACC for one exciting year before transferring to Iowa State where he lived with his brother, Craig, and sister-in-law, Sandi. In that summer before Iowa State, he traveled to Mexico with two friends with advice from the Spanish language teacher from NIACC. Attending bullfights, visiting the pyramid ruins, touring a palace, dining at upscale Mexico City restaurants, and meeting the friendly Mexican people who impressed him and contributed to his love of travel and sightseeing.
After graduating from Iowa State, at 23, Eric married Dawn Hoffarth and they moved to Yankton, South Dakota. Looking to further his education, Eric discovered Iowa Western where he was a top student and became a civil engineer working for HDR Engineering and several other companies for 20 years. They moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where their two sons, Matt and Warren were born. They relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where Eric worked for HDR, collected antiques and collectibles, then resold them in a mall booth and later on Ebay. Eric loved camping trips with his sons, a great trip to Disneyland, and taking his boys back to the Iowa farm for visits.
He moved back to Manly in 2003, and in September of 2006, he met Mary Levad Mosiman at an auction where he helped deliver the dollar boxes she had rescued from the sale to her car. When he moved back to Manly, he got involved with the library board and was a member of the Lion's Club. He came back from Arizona to take care of his mom, Dolly and once he met Mary, he knew he didn't have to take his mom to the music events anymore because Mary would take her. Eric and Mary were married Sept 2, 2011, in the Newman Chapel in Mason City, Iowa. They lived in rural Forest City, where Eric spent time restoring old farm buildings, chopping wood, tending the two chickens and building any number of cool additions for their little farm wedding venue out of reclaimed wood. Although he no longer sold items on Ebay after moving out the farm, he still enjoyed going to auctions, adding to his collections and finding rustic items for display around the farm. True to form, in the treasure boxes he made for Matt and Warren were various items that he had saved and collected over the years and a table of contents of all the items that were included in the box.
Eric and Mary loved to take little weekend trips to interesting small towns in Iowa and Minnesota -- he especially liked to seek out Historic Hotels and the small towns up and down the Mississippi River. He loved Historic Hotels so much he arranged to take the family to the Historic Park Inn Hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the weekend it opened back up for a celebration after Eric and Mary's wedding.
Eric loved being a grandfather to Robert and took special pleasure in getting him to laugh. He enjoyed quiet time with Robert singing along with Robert's favorite songs. After years of small quiet family holidays, celebrating with blended families and Mary's big family was a bit of a shock to him at first, but Eric came to especially love them. His favorites were Kite Day at the Farm and the Halloween Party in the barn.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Levad Lovstad, his son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Jessica Lovstad of Manly, his son Warren Lovstad of Mason City, Nick and Kelly Mosiman of Mason City, Angela and Donnie Thompson of Manly and one dear grandson, Robert Mosiman of Mason City. Eric is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Jim and Dorothy Lovstad of San Antonio, Texas, sister-in-law Sandi Lovstad of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Eric was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Dolly (Serdahl) Lovstad and his brother Craig Lovstad.
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