Friends and relatives of Ben may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. Friends also may call after 9 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Services for Ben will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, with the Rev. Dennis Conway presiding.
Burial will be held in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington, with full military honors afforded by Cascade American Legion Post 528.
He was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Frank and Mary (Noethe) Loecke. He received his education in the St. Paul’s schools in Worthington. On May 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Joan Wolfe. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2014. He was an electrician and owned the Loecke Feed store. He also farmed in the rural Worthington area. In retirement, he resided at River Bend Assisted Living in Cascade from July 2014 to March 2017. He resided at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington from May 2017 until his passing.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially deer hunting, for 62 years. He truly had a passion for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific theater, and was part of the occupation force in Japan. He was a member of Cascade American Legion Post 528, the Worthington Sportsman’s Club and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served on the St. Paul school board as a member and president. He was a member of the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department, for which he served as chief for many years. He also was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Worthington and its Altar and Rosary Society, where he also served as usher.
He is survived by three children, LuAnn (Bob) Glaser of Burlington, Robert Loecke of Cedar Rapids and William (Kim) Loecke of Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Glaser-Koehler of Des Moines, Nick Loecke and Vanessa Loecke Naber, both of Cedar Rapids, Tony Loecke of Mount Vernon, Ben Glaser of Chicago, Ill., Allie Loecke Pearson of Farmington Hills, Mich., Cassandra Loecke Pudenz of Waukee and Melissa Loecke Rose of Petaluma, Calif.; 12 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and his seven siblings, Doris Tucker of Manchester, Ruth Heims-Welch of Pahrump, Nev., Walter Loecke and Rose Ann Krogman, both of Manchester, Marian Peters of Delaware, David Loecke of Manchester and Angela Harris of Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Verna Mae Roling; and a brother, Ralph Loecke.
Ben enjoyed the staff and his friends at River Bend Assisted Living. The family is sincerely grateful for the loving care Ben received while living at Great River Klein Center.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.