- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - While searching for brightly colored sea glass on the Alaskan coast last month, Lydia Kimball found a different treasure, a dull, half-dollar sized World War II-era military dog tag belonging to a now deceased Oklahoman.

With encouragement from a sea glass lovers social media group and help from a friend, Kimball was able to track down Pam Waren, a 67-year-old Stillwater resident and daughter to Harold Loveless, a deep sea diver who served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Kodiak Island during WWII, the Stillwater News Press (https://bit.ly/1NkfUMX ) reported.

“I just think this is so wild,” Waren said. “I was so impressed that someone was interested enough to find the dog tag went to the rightful place. It is very emotional that someone would care that much.”

Kimball, an Oklahoma native herself, who has called Alaska home for nearly seven years, was walking along the shoreline on Memorial Day weekend when she spotted the dog tag up on the beach.

“I think the waves brought it in,” the 44-year-old Kodiak resident said. “It was dull but you could read it.”

An online search brought up an obituary for Loveless’ wife, Lorene Beier Loveless, who died in Perry in 2012, three years after her husband.

The obituary listed Waren, an only child born and raised in Perry, as a Stillwater resident.

Kimball picked up the phone, explained the story to Waren and mailed her the dog tag.

“I thought it was pretty neat that I came all the way up here to Alaska and found something from a fellow Oklahoman,” Kimball said. “It brought tears to my eyes to give this to Pam. It is kind of like returning a treasure from the past.”

Harold Loveless loved tractors.

The Perry resident, who died in 2009, spent 60 years working on them as a John Deere mechanic.

“He could tell you the type of tractor just by listening to it,” said granddaughter Brittany McKinley, 27, of Stillwater.

Memories of Loveless came flooding back in the minds of his family after a dog tag he used during his time in the U.S. Navy was recently found on a beach in Kodiak, Alaska.

One of McKinley’s fondest memories of her grandfather was visiting his home for Sunday dinner and playing on the John Deere riding lawnmower.

“Grandpa taught me how to drive using a riding lawnmower,” McKinley said. “He was always really good about playing with his grandkids.”

The same could be said for his only child, Waren, who remembers the special bond she had with her father.

As a child she remembers the hours they spent together, as Loveless pushed her on the swing set he built.

Waren remembers her father as jokester with a dry sense of humor and a devout Christian loyal to his family.


Information from: Stillwater News Press, https://www.stwnewspress.com



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