November 18, 2013



1943-2013

Ronald Leo Loeffler, 70, of Scranton, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson with Father Jeff Schleisman and Monsignor Kevin McCoy concelebrating.

Gift bearers will be Ron's grandchildren. Music for the Mass will be by Sheila Pound and Bob Reck. Casket bearers will be Donald "Chop" Gibson, Ron Thielen, Raymond Gregory, Jim Irlmeier, Rick Whitaker and Tim McCoy. Honorary casket bearers will be Ron's grandchildren. Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery with military honors by the Glidden American Legion.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Monday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born March 4, 1943, in Carroll, Iowa, he was a son of Leo and Dorothy (Caywood) Loeffler. He grew up north of Ralston and graduated from Glidden-Ralston High School in 1961. Following high school he attended Universal Trade School in Omaha, Neb., graduating in 1962. He worked for his uncle Wilbur Reinhart as an auto mechanic for two years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1964 until 1966. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Kan., and Okinawa, Japan. Following his military service he returned to Scranton and resumed working for his uncle.

He married Connie Baumann on Jan. 25, 1969, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Scranton. In 1971 he started Ron's Auto Parts in Scranton and operated it until his retirement in 2003. Ron was a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Scranton until its closing in July 2013. He was a member of the Merle Hay Post of the American Legion of Glidden for 24 years. Ron was an avid race-car driver and fan. He also enjoyed going to tractor pulls and parades with his family and friends. Ron loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife Connie of Scranton; a daughter Katie Owen and her husband Chad of Scranton; a son Jamie Loeffler and his wife Tricia of Boone, Iowa; six grandchildren: Macy, Maggy and Cylas Owen, and Leo, Kasen and Asher Loeffler; his mother-in-law: Iola Bonnette of Scranton; three sisters-in-law: Sandy Burris of Scranton, Annette Winger and her husband Mike of Scranton and Vera Kroener of Sac City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Robert and John.