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John Green Love, Jr.

September 22, 1943 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old


John Green Love Jr. - dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend - passed away in his sleep at home in Lawton, OK on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

John was born to John Green Love Sr. and Julia Etta (Van Vleet) Love in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 22, 1943. He was second oldest of ten brothers and sisters. John left school early to pursue gainful employment and help support his family. John married the love of his life Betty Louise Gore on August 22, 1970. In 1971 they celebrated the birth of their first child Kelly Christina followed Shawn Christopher in 1973. 

After many jobs and some traveling they settled and raised their family in Lawton, OK. John worked for Lawton Public Schools for 30+ years before retiring in 2010. That same year John and Betty briefly moved to Louisiana to spend more time with family and friends. They both enjoyed their retirement by traveling and attending family reunions. John moved back to Lawton in 2013 after Betty’s death. He lived out his remaining years in happiness before succumbing to Parkinson’s. John was known as being a very hard worker, being very easy going, and for having a smile that was contagious. He was extremely loved and will be missed greatly. We love you!!!

He is survived by his two children: Kelly and Shawn. His siblings: Jeannette, Gene, Joanne, Jerry, James, Troy, Bobby, and Joe. Many nieces and nephews.  His eleven loving grandchildren and his twelve great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, mother and father (John and Julia), and brother Jack.

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