Loren Julius LOFQUIST
November 4, 1927 – August 1, 2018
Loren Julius Lofquist, 90, Fort Collins, passed away at home peacefully on Wednesday morning, August 1, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Loren was born November 4, 1927 on a farm near Albert City, IA, the fourth child and second son of Julius and Alma (Pontius) Lofquist. Loren’s early years were spent combining education at the country school along with helping run the family farm, a big responsibility for a teenager in school, and especially after older brother Steven left to serve in WWII, but it was one Loren took-on with great energy and pride. In 1946, Loren enlisted in the Army, was sent to Manilla in the Philippines and then on to a year in South Korea. After returning home in 1947, Loren began working in the construction business with brother-in-law Jim Day, but eventually left to attend business school in Omaha, Nebraska. After business school, Loren returned to both construction work and farming, this time working on the farm of Victor Wallin in Laurens, IA where he met the love of his life, Joyce Wallin. Loren and Joyce were married in 1952 and settled in Fort Dodge, IA where Loren worked for 30 years in the auto parts business while raising daughter Carolyn and son Randy. As a result of his job, Loren spent many hours on the road over the years traveling to area communities where he met many people who became dear friends. Throughout his life, there was nothing more important to Loren than his family and his friends. In 1985, Loren and Joyce moved to Longmont, CO to be close to son Randy and to work at Randy’s company, Custom Fence & Supply. Loren’s keen business sense, integrity, and good nature were major assets to Randy as the company grew and expanded. True to his character, Loren’s love of meeting and interacting with the people he met through the business, both clients and company staff, motivated him to continue working fulltime well into his 80s. Despite continuing to work in his later years, Loren and Joyce became avid travelers and spent many trips canvassing America’s cities and towns, in part to assist Joyce’s love of genealogy research. In addition, Loren and Joyce’s love of travel motivated them to see much of the world. After Joyce’s passing in March 2014, Loren eventually sold his home in Longmont and moved to Mackenzie Place in Fort Collins where he spent his last years. True to his character, Loren quickly got to know, and became friends with, many of the residents there, including special friend, Annie Woodard. In addition to wife Joyce, Loren was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses Steven (June) and sisters Rosalie (James) Day and Margery (Ralph) Bean. In addition to son Randy (Alicia) and daughter Carolyn (Jeff) Kennedy, Loren is survived by 8 grandchildren: Sarah and Hannah Kennedy, Elizabeth (Igor) Bogojevic, Jeremy (Dana), Joel (Brigetta), Jay (fiancé Lauren), Ali Lofquist and Kim Allen and 4 greatgrandchildren: Alyse and Alec Lofquist, Katelyn Allen, and Aden Salzar. Loren is also survived by brothers-in-law Lyle (Barbara) and Wayne Wallin as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Loren’s memory may be made to Pathways Memorial Donations ( 305 Carpenter Road Fort collins, CO 80525 / 970-663-3500 ) Loren’s family and friends will gather at Foundations Church, 1380 N. Denver Avenue, Loveland at 10 am Saturday, August 25, 2018 for a Celebration of Life memorial service with Pastor Carl Sutter officiating. Interment will follow at Loveland Memorial Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest together with his beloved Joyce. The services will be followed by a luncheon at Foundations Church
Celebration of Life
1380 N. Denver Ave.