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Robert Lovato

A memorial mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for Robert James Lovato of Artesia.

Lovato, 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at his home.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Robert was born July 10, 1928, in Rawlins, Wyo., the son of Delfino and Julia Aurelia (Cordova) Lovato.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

On Sept. 18, 1949, he married Roma Tueng in Rawlins, and the couple came to Artesia in April 2013.

Robert was a clothier and entrepreneur, owning restaurants, clothing stores, and gold mining claims, and designing his own line of fragrances. He never met a stranger and called every waitress by name.

Robert believed life was meant to be lived to the fullest. He enjoyed painting, music, studying scripture, gardening, and spending time with his bride and family. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge and the Lions Club, and was founder of the Latin American Club in Wyoming.

Survivors include his wife, Roma, of Artesia; sons Anthony Lovato of Arizona, and Otto Lovato, Michael Lovato and John Lovato, all of Wyoming; daughters Judene Lovato of Oregon, Roma Audiss of South Dakota, Aurmelia Decker and Bernadette Lovato, both of Wyoming, Robin Romero of Nevada, and Anastasia Lovato of Artesia; 29 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ernest Lovato; brother Ernie Lovato; and sisters Mary Duran, Emma Harris and Dora Lujan.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.