Elmer L. Loesch, 96, of State College, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021, at Brookline Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing at Juniper Village. Born on April 23, 1925, in State College, he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Ida Mae (Gross) Loesch. On December 31, 1947, he married his beloved wife, Shirley L. (Tressler) Loesch, who preceded him in death on June 24, 2014, after sharing nearly 67 years of marriage together.
Elmer was a 1938 graduate of State College High School. He served in the United States Army from 1945 until he was honorably discharged in 1947. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years until his retirement in 1986. His last position was the Postmaster at the office in Boalsburg.
He is survived by his two children, Peggy G. Zentner (Charles) of Venice, Florida, and Donna K. Loesch of Bellefonte, three grandchildren, David C. Zentner (Pamela) of State College, Michael R. Zentner (Courtney) of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and Joshua C. Zentner (Jessica) of Lebanon, and four great grandchildren, Joshua T. and Julia M. Zentner, both of Lebanon, and Zoe L. and Luca D. Zentner, both of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Also surviving is a sister, Betty Frazee, of State College.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph L. Loesch, and sister-in-law, Helen.
Elmer was a life member of the Bellefonte Moose Lodge #206 and the State College Elks Lodge #1600. Additionally, he was a member of the F & AM Lodge #700 in State College, Williamsport Consistory, Jaffa Temple in Altoona, Seven Mountains Bowling Hall of Fame, and the State College Retiree’s Bowling League. Elmer was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed pitching horseshoes.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Elmer’s memory to the Jaffa Temple Endowment Fund, PO Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.