Byron Scott Lovell, 24, of Sinking Valley, Altoona, died early Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at UPMC Altoona.
He was born July 7, 1997 in Roaring Spring, son of Scott Michael and Lisa (Welsh) Lovell.
His parents survive; paternal grandparents, Lynn and Barbara Lovell; Aunt Kelly Detwiler (Larry), their children, Courtney and Mackenzie; Aunt Kim Frey (Larry), their children, Zach and Alyssa; Aunt Marylee Gordon (Tom), their children, Gregg and Leighann; Uncle Bill Welsh (Mary), their children, Jordan and Brooke; Aunt Gail Welsh, her children, Aaron, Ross and Lindsey; Aunt Cindy Casey (Tim), their children, Natalie and Nicole; Uncle Bob Welsh (Mary), their children, Eric, Jennifer and Sara; Aunt Rita Swanson, her children, Valerie, Christen and Steven; Aunt Arlene Butters (Mark), their children, Jessica and Elizabeth; Aunt Beth Welsh, her children, Matthew and Michael; Uncle David Welsh (Donna), their children, Clay and Shaun; and his best friends, Matt, Kessler, Jeff, Kyler, Dalton and Taylor.
Byron was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William and Mary Welsh; an uncle, Steve Welsh; and paternal great-grandmother, Mary Grace Longo.
Mr. Lovell was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Altoona.
He was a 2015 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2019 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, with a double major with honors in political science and history.
Byron was currently employed as a research analyst by the Pennsylvania State Senate. He was previously employed by Representative Jim Gregory’s office, the Boyer Insurance Agency, the Durbin Companies and the 29th Street Corner Store. In earlier times Byron owned and operated his own lawn care department. Over the summer, while in college, he did a two-year internship with State Senator Judy Ward’s office.
Byron enjoyed spending time with his parents and with his friends. He and his father enjoyed restoring their 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. He also enjoyed the beach, camping and target shooting.
Byron was a long-time volunteer for the former “Aid for Animals” and became the foster “father” of many dogs.
Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, with the Reverend Frank Scornaienchi as officiant. The burial rites will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602 or to Mending Hearts, PO Box 97, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.