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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.

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