Ronald Leo Loeffler, age 70, of Scranton passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
Born on March 4, 1943 in Carroll, Iowa, he was the 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, Nebraska graduating in 1962. He worked for his uncle Wilbur Reinhart as an auto mechanic for two years until he was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1964 until 1966. He was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Kansas and Okinawa, Japan. Following his military service he returned to Scranton and continued to work for his uncle. He was married to Connie Baumann on January 25, 1969 at St. Paul’s 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’s Catholic Church in Scranton until its closing in July of 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; two brothers: Robert and John.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson with Fr. Jeff Schleisman and Msgr. Kevin McCoy concelebrating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton after 3:30 P.M. on Monday where there will be a rosary at 4:00 P.M. and a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 P.M. 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 in the Scranton Township Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Glidden American Legion. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com