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Vinh Lovan

May 2, 1942 - March 14, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Vinh Lovan

Vinh Lovan

Born: May 2, 1942
Died: March 14, 2021
Age: 78

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     Vinh Lovan, the son of Lone Lovan and Lothi Yen was born May 2, 1942 in Son La, Vietnam. His childhood years were spent in Son La, where he helped his family farm the fields.

     Vinh married Beng Hoang on August 28, 1966 in Vientiane, Laos, and they moved to Spencer, IA in January of 1980. He started work at Hy-Vee and was very proud of his work, winning a service award and getting to meet the CEO.

     Vinh enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He liked to meet new people and was known to be friendly and outgoing. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.

     Vinh passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his home in Brooklyn Park, MN, at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beng, one son, Pane, and several brothers and sisters.

     Left to cherish his memory are his 2 daughters, May (Ty) Lo of Spencer, IA and Monica (Jesse Baccam) Lovan of Minneapolis, MN; 3 grandchildren Jinisa and Nya Lo and Penelope Baccam; one brother, Lo Lovan of Des Moines, IA; one sister, Lothi E of Thailand; many other relatives; and friends.

     Masks are recommended per the family.
Funeral services will take place 2:30 P.M., Saturday, March 20, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Boun Lovan
Muan Lovan
Jesse Baccam
Ty Lo
Lo Lovan
Andy Baccam
Visitation will take place Friday, March 19, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Amazing Grace"
"Jesus Loves Me"
"Beautiful Savior"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“I worked with Vinh when I was in high school at hyvee . Always smiling. Such a nice person. ”
- Jeff Storey
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“My sympathy to Vinh’s family. He was a great guy who would do anything for you with a smile. He brought the best egg rolls to Hy-Vee to share with all of us. I do miss the HyVee family & Vinh will be missed by many. ”
- Pam Halverson
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“My condolences go out to the Lovan family. I also worked with Vinh way back when at Hy-Vee. Vinh was always smiling and very courteous. I've bumped into him throughout the years and he always went out of his way to say "Hi". He was truly a pleasure to be around and such a wonderful person. ”
- Zach Larsen
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 3:10 PM
“This man was such a ray of sunshine! His smile was infectious and full of joy. Sympathy to all his family. He was a kind man.”
- Maureen Horsley
Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 4:33 PM
“Loved coming to work each day with Vihn. His smile, work ethic, and presence made one of the best co-workers ever. And the days he brought egg rolls to work were better than ‘very good’. Loved this guy ”
- Barb Meister
Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 4:33 PM
“Sorry May About Your Dad's Passing, He Was Such A Great Family Man, And I Know You Miss Him So Much. He Is With Your Mom Now- And Is So Happy- YOU Now Will Carry On For Him. Prayers 🙏 For Strength For You And Your Family ♥
- Connie Khounlo
Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:52 PM
“Vinh was a wonderful, caring man. He always had a smile for everyone. I worked with him at Hy-Vee many years ago.”
- Paula Klein
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:03 AM
“To all who loved and appreciated Vinh Lovan, may you be comforted and encouraged in his victory, his victory in his Savior -- our Lord Jesus Christ, Who won for Vinh the crown of glory. Here in the midst of the Lenten season, his Lord took Vinh to Himself and we can all celebrate Vinh's victory on Easter, once again soon to be celebrated. We, Lou Ann and I, remember with great joy Vinh and all of his family whom the Lord placed in our midst in Spencer some 40 years ago. May our Lord God be praised and all who treasure Vinh be comforted!”
- Pastor Meyer
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Phon and Monica, my sympathies to you in the loss of your dear sweet father. I remember him in HyVee, always a smile. May God bless you with comfort and peace.”
- Lisa E Buchan
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“I used to be the front end manager at Hy-Vee and worked with Vinh. Everyone loves him. My sympathy to Monica, who I know.”
- Per Clarke
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:50 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Vinh's family. I worked at HyVee with Vinh back in the mid-80s as a high school student. He was so kind, and friendly and one of my absolutely favorite colleagues. ”
- Angie Heuck
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 2:41 PM
“I remember Vinh from hy-vee he always smiled and was always helpful. So sorry to hear of his passing.”
- Tiffany O'Brien
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Lovan family. There was no one like Vinh! Always a smile, never a frown. He was a part of the Hy Vee family for some time. I enjoyed working with him and he will be greatly missed.”
- Toni Corcoran
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Vihn worked with me at Hy Vee and was a Vee special guy, when I first moved to Spencer in 1986 he invited me to his house for dinner a memory I’ll never forget ”
- Dick Hoffman
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“i always felt honored to call Vinh my Good Friend. He truly was a very nice man, the world was a better place with him in it. My Sincere Sympathy to his Family, he will be missed by all who knew & loved him. - May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace - ”
- Joan Cooke
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1:03 PM
“So sorry for the loss of your dear Father and Grandfather❤️ He was so friendly and outgoing💙He will be missed by all❤️”
- Carol Campbell
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:10 AM
“Vinh will sure be missed! I have many Great memories of Vinh working with him at HyVee. He was the sweetest, kindest of men. He would always bring in the Best homemade Egg Rolls to work to handout for his Birthday! RIP Vinh!”
- Angie Hameister
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:55 AM
“Please accept my condolences. Vinh was a joy to work with. He was the epitome of HyVee's slogan of a Helpful Smile in Every Aisle. I loved hearing his stories about his younger life and coming to the United States. Behind his kind and quiet demeanor was a very brave man. Good friend Vinh.”
- Sally Villegas Howard
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Vihn’s passing. I only knew him through HyVee and his sweet granddaughter Jenissa at the pharmacy there. Vihn always showed that happy, beautiful smile of his, and I always looked for him, and his happy hello. Know that everyone who knew him loved his friendship. ❤️”
- Bob & Nira Rusk
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“To Nya and the whole family, you have our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.”
- Joyce Bennett
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“There just is not another person like Vinh! Being kind and respectful was just being Vinh. With such ease, he knew how to make friends with all he met. After our chats, instead of saying goodbye, Vinh would part with “Good Friend!” Through tears, our hearts ache, as we know how much Vinh will be missed! Thank you for being perfectly you! “Good Friend, Vinh!” ”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“My condolences to the Lovan family. Vihn was such a joy to work with. As many have said, Vinh had the biggest smile and was indeed a good man. ”
- david Shabino
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“He’ll forever be remembered for his smile and happy personality. My heart goes out to you and your family. ”
- Karla Baccam
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Sympathy to the family. When I ever saw Mr. Lovan, he has a smile on his face. I could tell he enjoyed his family. Hats off to those who work and make decisions with the betterment of their families in mind. ”
- Jan Myers
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Thinking of your family during this difficult time.”
- Janet Iedema and family
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“My deepest sympathies. Losing a loved one is never easy, especially now with both parents gone. Time does not heal the pain, we just learn to live with it. Uncle Vinh will be remembered for his friendly smile and kindness.”
- Khamphai Ap Baccam
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“RIP Vinh had a lot of good times working with him at Hy Vee. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Lovan family.”
- Jeff gard
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss boun”
- Amanda cross
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:11 AM
“Lovan Family,
My sincerest sympathies to you all during this difficult time! I loved working with Vinh at Hy-Vee! I don't think I ever saw him without a smile! He is going to be missed! You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!”
- Dylan Dykstra
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:11 AM
“He was always a happy man and spread cheer to others! ”
- Beandy
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:13 PM
“My deepest condolences to the entire family. ”
- Natasha Mohror
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:13 PM
“Dear dear Family,
I am so sorry to read of you losing Vinh. What a delight he was to many. We will for sure miss him. I so enjoyed coming to his home and making egg rolls several times with the family.
Now he will be once again with sweet Beng and there son Phon.. know that you are all in our prayers..♥️♥️
Jackie and Roger”
- Jackie Mann
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:13 PM
“I always loved his smile and admired his devotion to his family. May he Rest In Peace and be reunited with all his loved ones in paradise. Hugs and many prayers to the family. ”
- Kendall Baugh (Baccam)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM
“To Vinh’s Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Vinh’s passing. I so such enjoyed his smile and his positive attitude. What wonderful memories you must have of him.”
- Dr. Kenneth Hunziker
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM
“My deepest sympathies on the loss of a wonderfully friendly man! I worked with Vihn for many years at HyVee and after I had moved on, he always stopped me in the store to see how I was and ask about my family. The most kindhearted and loving man! ”
- Katie Balk
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM
“For many years I enjoyed visiting with Vinh at the grocery store. We would speak French together and it made both of us happy. He was a wonderful person. My sympathies go out to his family.
- Joanne Schar
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM
“Vinh will be missed.. always a pleasure working with him at hy-vee.. god bless”
- Chris Carpenter
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