Sylvester Ramón Lovell was known as “Red” Lovell. The name Red came from his red hair. Red was born December 13, 1919, in Sioux County, Nebraska. This also happened to be a Friday the 13th. Red was the 11th of 12 children born to James and Julia Lovell. Julia was Catholic; James converted on their wedding day. Seven of the kids graduated from high school, six of whom from a Catholic school. The high school was St. Agnes Academy in Alliance, Nebraska. One son died at the age of 14. Red's family called him "Uncle Rusty." Red died on September 10, 2008. His body was willed to the University of Nebraska.
Red was in the Army in WWII. After the service, Red could not join the VFW, “Veterans of Foreign Wars,” as he had not served overseas. So Red joined the American Legion, which was for those who served on American soil. Red ended up living in Carter Lake, Iowa, by rehabbing houses in the '70s and '80s. Red also helped with the two additions on Our Lady of Carter Lake Church. Red's niece, Etta Strobel, made contact with Father Dan Kirby to have a memorial service for Red, and has since stayed. Etta is proud to carry on Red's story about Jesus' Ten Commandments that are at Our Lady of Carter Lake Church in Carter Lake, Iowa.
As can happen even with things well planned, a problem arose: The Parish Council thought it was God’s Ten Commandments. So when the stone of Jesus' Ten Commandments arrived in 2006, the Parish Council felt they were betrayed, and Red felt terrible. This was the big talk at the family reunion and in Carter Lake.
Come see the beautiful stones with the Commandments and see the gift from the heart of Red Lovell. One must view this site during daylight hours as the garden is not illuminated at night.
AUTHOR: BURTON RAUSCH
Burton Rausch was born to Harlan and Mary Rausch in Hoven, South Dakota. Raised on a farm, he is the oldest living of eight children. Burton attended St. Anthony's Grade School, Hoven High School, and mass at St. Anthony's Church (known as the Cathedral of the Prairie). Burton left South Dakota on an adventure that led to being implanted in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on August 15, 1997. He is the single parent of Rosemary, who lives in Chicago, and Benjamin, who lives in Los Angeles. Burton is active in Corpus Christi Church in many areas. He is truly thankful for Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP). He has three college degrees and works at Omaha Public Schools.