Robert "Bob" Lovelace


Robert Palmer Lovelace was born in Salt Lake City, UT on June 30, 1967. He was the first-born son to Gordon and Joyce (Hayden) Lovelace. He grew up in West Fargo, ND and graduated high school in 1985. Bob furthered his education at Moorhead State University. After 4 years, he graduated college with a BA in business administration.

Bob began working in the food industry in Fargo at Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant where he met his first wife, Teri Omlid. After college, he moved over to the Ground Round in Fargo where he worked as an assistant GM. After a couple years with GR, he was transferred to the Sioux Falls, SD.

After over a decade of managing, Bob moved onto yet another restaurant in Sioux Falls, Granite city. Bob managed several years at GC which included a promotion to area manager and moving both to Des Moines, IA and finally Maple Grove, MN.

Bob was a beloved manager at every place he served. He was well known and loved by staff and patrons alike.

In May 2005, Bob married his second wife Elizabeth Knutson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Together, they have three children. He was the most loving and caring father. Bob loved his children; Hayden Robert (20), Ava Elizabeth (14), and Zakaria James (11). He was a devoted father and loved spending time with all three kids.

Bob worked hard, but played harder. He was given the nickname, “sideshow Bob”, because he love to be the center of attention and the life of the party. He was a charmer, and made everyone he came into contact with, feel special and loved.

Bob, also known as “Bobby” was a great storyteller. Although sometimes his stories took a while, they were filled with laughter and wild rides. Bob also love to sing and dance (even though he had no rhythm). Bob lived life to the fullest and stretched himself too thin sometimes.

Robert passed away unexpectedly, June 6, 2023 from a serious infection. He is survived by his sons Hayden and Zak, his daughter, Ava all of Maple Grove, MN, his mother, Joyce (Lovelace) Malpert of Fargo, brother, Richard Lovelace of Lake Havasu City, AZ, sister, Jodi Lovelace-Boerema, brother-in-law, Aaron Boerema, nephews, Alex, Brady, Charlie, niece, Aubree Boerema all of Sioux Falls, SD and several aunts and uncles and cousins, who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by father Gordon Charles Lovelace.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to support Bob’s children either through Venmo @lovelace20 (confirmation pin 8017) or by sending memorials to PO BOX 1775, Fargo, ND 58107.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 1:00 PM with a memorial service at 2:00 PM at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.


Visitation - Sunday: June 11, 2023 1:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial Service - Sunday: June 11, 2023 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. Love to the whole Lovelace family. My Mom (Faye) will take good care of Bobby as well as other family members that have passed on. I hope comfort finds you down the road as time passes. Love you all. 🙏

  2. Dear Joyce, Richie, Jodi and Family and Bobby’s Family,
    I am heartbroken to hear of your Loss. Bobby was so loved by everyone and he will be missed. I always loved being around him, especially when him and Joel were together as friends and classmates.
    Please know that I am thinking of all of you during this difficult time and I will be praying for God to give you stength and peace.
    Love, Bev

  3. Bob was definitely one of a kind, amazing human who I was honored & blessed to call a friend. I have so many fun memories of my time working with him at Granite City in Sioux Falls but my favorite was him singing Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash🖤

  4. Dear Joyce, Richie, Jodi and Family and Bobby’s Family,
    I am heartbroken to hear of your loss.
    Bobby was loved by everyone and he will be missed by all who loved him.
    He was so fun to be around and especially remember times when Joel and him were together as classmates and friends.
    Please know I am thinking of all of you during this difficult time and praying for God to give you strength and peace.
    Love, Bev

  5. Bob was one of a kind. Our family has many great memories with him and lots of stories to tell, short version of course. We are grateful to have known him and are even more grateful to know his kids. Our house is always open to the Lovelace family. “This Bud is for you” Bob…. By the way, this note was written while listening to some Johnny Cash…

    • Dear Joyce ,my heart is broken for your loss.Bobby was such a great person and friend.Richie and Jodi my prayers for you as well,and for the rest of the family.

  6. I am so very sorry for the loss of your son, brother, uncle and dad. I’ve had so many tears since I found out. Bob was beyond a great friend. The times we had and memories at Ground Round were ones I will never forget. Your family means alot to me and I pray you find the comfort you need to get you through this difficult time. Bob was one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace 🙏

  7. Got to know Bob when he worked at Granite City in Maple Grove. He always had a smile and treated the customer with respect and empathy. Thanks for taking the time to educate myself and others on the art of brewing beer, Bob.

  8. Joyce, Richie, Jodi, Hayden, Ava, Zak, and all of Bob’s friends and family:

    Much was said today of how Bob was a great friend, son, brother, and father and was “in the moment”. While our hearts grieve for your loss, take comfort that Bob was indeed all of these. Thank you to all who shared memories today.

  9. Bob was such a great person. Always had a smile on his face and always the life of the party. He treated every person with kindness. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bob while working with him at Granite City in Sioux Falls. My heart goes out to all of his family, friends and loved ones.

  10. I’m sorry for the loss of Bob. When he was my brother in law I was always fond of him. Such a Happy guy and always with a sparkle in his smile. May God comfort you all.

  11. Thanks for showing up to my window at 4:00 in the morning with Lonnie.. that kind of honesty, and all the good times on the swim team. Cheryl zitsow if you’re reading this thanks for helping to shape my life showing me both hard work and sympathy.

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