Donald "Don" Ben Loetz

October 2, 1935May 10, 2019

Donald (Don) B. Loetz of Waynesville, NC, passed away suddenly on the morning of Friday, May 10, 2019.

Don was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 2, 1935, to Ben Loetz from Lithuania and Ann Loetz (née Karnis) from Chicago. Don married Lynn Loetz (née Hovren), in 1983 and developed a long-lasting love and companionship.

Don was a military veteran in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer, 3rd Class and retired from a successful 31-year career with Owens-Corning. He actively contributed his time within the Western North Carolina community for the last 23 years: as a parishioner of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Maggie Valley; a Fourth Degree member of the NC Knights of Columbus, most recently serving as Financial Secretary; and regular volunteer as a lead cook at The Open Door Ministries in Waynesville, NC.

Don was a devout family man who adored his wife, children and grandchildren. In like, he was also adored by his family along with so many good friends and neighbors in the community. Don enjoyed his time traveling with his Gold Wing group as well as being an avid golfer. Don always conveyed a caring, kind-hearted, and confident demeanor which our world will sincerely miss.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved granddaughter, Kirstena Loetz.

Left to cherish Don’s memory are his loving wife of 35 years, Lynn; his children, Ben and his wife Sheila of Louisville, Kentucky; Renae Bizzell and her husband Eric of Cumming, Georgia; Matt and his wife Deena of Cumming, Georgia; his grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, David, Sophia, Eric, and Amanda; his sisters, Bernie Dosch of Grayling, Michigan and Patricia Jensen of Atlanta, Georgia along with several nephews and nieces.

Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for Don and the family. A memorial service for Don Loetz will be held May 31st at 1:00 pm in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Maggie Valley, officiated by Father Richard Benonis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the NC Knights of Columbus ( or The Open Door Ministries of Haywood County (


31 May

Memorial Mass

1:00 pm

St. Margaret of Scottland Catholic Church


  • Inurnment


Donald "Don" Ben Loetz

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Gail Heathman

May 18, 2019

Lynn, you and Don were always special to Paul and me and being your neighbors in Crystal Tree was a pleasure. May our Heavenly Father hold you close and give you strength now and in the days ahead.

Lauri Johnson

May 15, 2019

Never saw Don without a smile on his face. Such a kind and giving person. Will miss looking up and seeing him in my line. So sorry for your loss, Lynn. You and your family are in my prayers.

Stacy Downs

May 14, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Don's passing. He always had a smile on his face and always made me smile. I enjoyed getting to know him and his beautiful wife over the past few years. I will miss him at Jackie's dinners. All my love and prayers to the family.

Valerie & Todd Murphy

May 13, 2019

A kind & Christian man, friend, husband & father will be greatly missed. Sincerest Sympathies to Lynn, Family and Friends. He will now watch over you from Heaven. Stay Strong and carry your precious memories and His Love with you always.

Carol Viau

May 13, 2019

Don always greeted people with a smile at St. Margaret's in Maggie Valley. Our condolences to Lynn and family.

Carol & Paul Viau

Robert Hilts

May 11, 2019

Don, an absolute wonderful, kindhearted given man.. Always happy and smiling. I am happy to have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with him in the Knight's of Columbus. A great mentor to me and a great leader. You will be missed my brother. Rest in peace.

Larry and Sally Kitchen

May 11, 2019

So many wonderful memories from long ago in Michigan. Sincere condolences to all your family.

Herlan Lopez

May 11, 2019

Naples 5/11/19

Even though, my wife and I didn't have the pleasure of meeting him personally in the many reunions of Crystal Tree Subdivision , we would like to express our most sincere condolences for his passing to his family and friends . CT # 22

Rest In Peace Mr. Loetz

Matt Loetz

May 11, 2019

Greatest man I will ever know. He was completely selfless, and he is and always will be greatly respected and admired. I will always love you dad.

Dottie Rickman

May 11, 2019

Worked with Don at The Open Door.what a wonderful and kind man he was