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Updated: 12/20/2013 08:00:01AM

Howard Lewis Love

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Howard Lewis Love, 89, of Canton, Ohio, and Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.

He was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Noble County, Ohio, to Ross and Grace (nee Orr) Love.

Lewis graduated from Summerfield High School in 1942, and Kent State University in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. After graduating from Kent State in Accounting, his first job was selling household goods, door-to-door, for the L.B. Price Company in Canton. Later he became the auditor for them in the Midwest Region. Around 1956, he started the H L Love Company, Furniture and Appliances in Canton.

Lewis and his business partner, Dr. Ron Fuller, received the franchise for Lums restaurants in Franklin County, Ohio. They had 12 restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, and Central Ohio. For many years he and his wife Donna, whom he married in 1955, enjoyed spending the winter months at their home in Punta Gorda. Lewis’s favorite hobbies were golf, tennis and fishing.

He is survived by his sisters, Arlene Smith of Caldwell, Ohio, and Jean (Jack) Patterson of Toledo, Ohio; brother, Ross Jr. of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by an infant brother; and the love of his life, his wife, Donna Mae (nee Holzworth) Love, on July 17, 2005.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home, 710 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, with the Rev. Kevin Slyh officiating. Interment will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: the American Heart Association, 4916 Hills & Dales Road NW, Canton, OH 44708; or the American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH 44131. You may sign our guest book at

Arrangements are by Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Canton.

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