Expand search form

In Memoriam: William ‘Bill’ Loftis, Sr. (Dec. 7, 1938 – March 2, 2024)

William Bryan Loftis passed away in his sleep, peacefully, around midnight on March 2, 2024 at his home in Scotts Mills, Oregon. 

Bill was born on Dec. 7, 1938 in suburban East Los Angeles, California to Howard and Katheryn Loftis. They raised Bill and his older brother, Kenneth, in a close, faith-based family with a strong work ethic.

He graduated from high school in 1957 in Lynwood, California. On his 18th birthday, he joined the US Navy and was assigned to the USS Los Angeles.

In 1957, the ship sailed to Portland, Oregon, bound for the Rose Parade. There Bill met a student nurse, Joyce Sweger. After completing his Navy enlistment and her school terms – and hundreds of letters – Bill and Joyce were married in 1960.

Bill built a successful 40-year career with the telephone company, starting by digging holes and planting telephone poles in Silverton Country and ended being a systems engineer in Los Angeles. 

They had two sons, William B. Loftis, Jr. and Kenneth D. Lofits; and later a grandson, Kenneth D. Loftis, Jr. and granddaughter, Stephanie.

Memorial funeral services were held on April 19 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Previous Article

In Memoriam: Elvin Heintz, Sr. (May 11, 1935 – April 26, 2024)

Next Article

In Memoriam: Carrol A. Waggoner (March 9, 1937 – April 5, 2024)

You might be interested in …

In Memoriam: Mitchell Daniel Kuenzi (May 18, 1999 – Jan. 11, 2023)

Mitchell Daniel Kuenzi of Silverton, Oregon passed away in an automobile accident on Jan. 11, 2023 at the age of 23. Mitchell was born May 18, 1999 in Silverton, Oregon and lived his whole life in Silverton. He was a 2019 homeschool graduate of ORCA and was currently attending Chemeketa Community College. Mitchell was on his last term at Chemeketa […]

In Memoriam: Wallace Dale Satern (May 12, 1930 – May 16, 2022)

Wallace was born in Silverton, Oregon to Harold and Ruth Dahl Satern on May 12, 1930. He was raised along with his older brother, Marshall, on the family farm in the Bethany area and joined them and his daughter, Becky, in heaven on May 16, 2022. Other than his two year stint in the Army he lived his entire life in Silverton. Wally […]

In Memoriam: Jeff Hande (July 3, 1956 – Oct. 29, 2021)

Jeff Hande was born in Salem, on July 3, 1956. His parents were John Carleton “Jack” Hande and Donna Mae (Brandt) Hande. Jeff passed away Oct. 29, 2021 at the age of 65. Jeff was handicapped physically and mentally, but there was no limit to his outgoing, jovial, loving sweet personality. He had limited ability to express himself with words, […]