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Dean Lovins

April 20, 1932 — February 24, 2023

Dean Edward Lovins, 90, of Eubank, departed this life Friday, February 24, 2023.

He was born April 20, 1932 in Rockcastle Co., Ky. to the late William Nelson Lovins and Minta (Cromer) Lovins.

Dean was a United State Navy, Korean War Veteran, a long time member of Somerset Christian Church, former city council member and Mayor of the city of Burnside, Ky., a 32 Degree Mason and a Kentucky Colonel. 

He loved his family and loved spending time with them, especially his wife Mary Getha (Hyden) Lovins who meant everything to him. They had 65 wonderful years of marriage. They were blessed with three daughters that they were very proud of: Debra Dean Williams of Eubank, Ronnie Sue (Victor) Irwin of Somerset, and Dianna Lynn (Doug) Buis of Eubank. They had six grandchildren: Nikki Wolfe, Shaun (Rachel) Buis, Cris Buis, Sarah Ray, Ashley (Derek) Smith, and Carri Ray. Great grandchildren include Connor and Hazel Smith, Adyson and Greyson Wharff, and Micah Dean Buis. Along with his parents, Dean was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe William Mink and Nelson Gerald Lovins, and two sisters, Hester Rowe and Valencia Doan. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends that he loved dearly.

Before returning to Kentucky, Dean and his family resided in Blanchester, OH. There he, his father, and brother created Lovins Construction Company. Dean loved hunting, fishing, playing softball, and cards with the crew. He was also known to be quite a prankster among friends. After returning to Somerset in 1976, he owned several different businesses. Dean's favorite past time/job was making stained glass panels with his best friend, Bill Spurlock. He also passed this art down to his daughter Ronnie, his son-in-law, Doug Buis, and grandson, Cris Buis. He loved family gatherings, which often included taking all of the grandkids and great-grandkids fishing. He also could not do without his nightly game and Canasta with his older daughter, Debbie. Many also knew Dean as the "Tomato Man" because he would grow hundreds of tomato plants and tomatoes to give away to family and friends every year. Dean was a very kind and honorable man that will be missed by many. 

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Clyde Strunk officiating.

Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post # 38.

Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be after 11:00 AM Friday, March 3, 2023 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

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