Madison - Kenneth J. Loehrer, age 60, passed away on June 18, 2019, in Madison, WI. Ken was born on April 10, 1959, in Madison, WI the son of John Loehrer and Dorothy Holz Loehrer.
He is survived by his sons, Lucas and Jacob; mother, Dorothy; sisters, Carol Grover, Gail Hall (Brian), and Linda Loehrer; many loved nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his father John Loehrer.
Ken was a 1977 graduate of Memorial High School, then MATC. He worked at Anchor Bank for many years and in the construction trades. Ken was a Troop 28 Boy Scout, liked camping, avid chess player, and was a history and trivia enthusiast.
Visitation will be Monday, June 24 from 4-7 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road in Madison. The funeral service will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Road in Madison on Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon, with private burial at another time. A visitation will also be held at the church prior to the funeral starting at 10:00 a.m.
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3610 Speedway Road
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Call it coincidence or kismet, I answered a same day Facebook post, by Kenneth Loehrer’s sister, Linda, for a driver to transport Ken to and from dialysis clinic care and therapy. This meant that we spent several hours per week alone, together in the car.
Dialysis usually left him tired and hungry, but, he sang along to the radio (especially to the Beatles), listened to the ball games and only fell asleep when I talked. Learning the lesson, I will try to keep this short.
I was forewarned warned that Ken was ornery and could be testy. Our backgrounds, however, and the conversations they afforded us, soon led to a comfort level that allowed Ken to share with me.
It been said that people come into our lives for a Reason, a Season or Forever.
• The season I had with Ken was for logistical reasons, for him, but,
• he had a profound effect on me personally; and, for that reason,
• he will be with me, in my memory, forever.
You see, my time with Ken allowed me to reconnect with my faith in Jesus as my personal key to salvation and, Ken’s passing only confirmed the importance and timeliness of that connection.
In our months of traveling together, Ken didn’t complain about his own health issues, and aside from an occasional grunt, never whined about his own challenges.
He did have a vibrant recollection of times of life, challenges he faced and his many victories and few losses.
It became clear to me that Ken’s memories were formed from the positive things and lightly salted with the negative. For Ken, that positive came in many ways.
From banking to cinnamon buns to fireplace burners, Ken was obviously an accomplished man with a can-do attitude and a wake of respectful colleagues.
Likely instilled by his father, John, Ken was a fair man with little tolerance for incompetence through lack of effort.
Ken's amazing command of trivia frequently gathered attention at the dialysis center, where even the techs coming to take him would patiently wait for him to finish the daily quiz.
But that raft of knowledge didn't take over our conversations in the car. Invariably, those conversations turned to family. His pride in his sons Jake and Lucas, the recognition of the lessons taught and values learned from a strict but consistent father, his concerns about the health and wellbeing of his Mom, Dottie, his sisters Carol, Gail and Linda and his nieces at UW-WW and out East.
He enjoyed counting deer from the Interstate or route deviation to see a flock of turkeys in someone's yard and playing some on-line poker with sitting in the dialysis chair.
His relationship with the children in the Hartland neighborhood, especially at Halloween attested to fact Ken would indeed challenge people to determine their motivation and commitment
Ken shared stories of:
• Washing and polishing the family car.
• Swimming a river in his skivies to retrieve washed away canoes (after securing his own gear safely).
• Washing and polishing the family car.
• Getting amazing productivity installing fireplaces with his sons. (Don't take your safety line off when working on a roof!)
• After confirming that fertilizer CAN be used to make an explosive, having police take him home to his father instead of to detention. (that car was never so clean)
• was the only one who will ever know if a chess game with a neighbor kid was thrown to a draw.
• knew that home baked cookies and extras bags of specialty M&Ms would always find a home.
• relished putting up stockings at Christmas.
• and challenging trick or treaters.
• could mangle a Swedish accent as we exchanged jokes we thought we had forgotten years ago.
His sudden passing is a reminder to us to always cherish the time we have;
• never hesitate to say the positive things we think about saying to those ones we love.
The sadness of Ken's passing should be short lived, but the memories of Ken and the celebration of his life should last forever as they are passed on to generations. Just as Ken passed on the memories of his father though his attitude and diligence.
Confidently, I will say that Kenneth Loehrer was a man who loved his family and was immensely proud of his sons; and, it was good fortune that allowed me his friendship. I am equally confident that he has found his place with God through Jesus Christ.
There was a Reason Kenneth Loehrer came into each of your lives.
• If you don't know yet what it was-- figure it out.
• Embrace the Season he did spent WITH you and you too can have him Forever.
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