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John J. Loewing
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John J. Loewing, age 80, of Shakopee, died Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN knowing Jesus, his family and friends loved him.

John and his twin Johanna were born in Akron, Ohio on January 6, 1937 to Alma and John Loewing. He and his three sisters were educated in the Akron area, where Eleanor, Johanna and Marie still live today. John enjoyed playing baseball, archery and fishing as a young man. He met Lynne when he was 19 and they were married in 1958. John worked for Standard Oil of Ohio until he was drafted into the Army in 1960. He served in Germany and their daughter Jody was born the week the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. He returned home in 1962 and went to work for Kemper Insurance as a Loss Control Consultant setting up industrial safety programs. His specialty was in dairy processing plants but he worked all types of industry and had many stories about things he’d experienced visiting a variety of clients. Daughter Susan was born in 1963 while the family was still living in Ohio. John accepted a transfer to Minnesota with Kemper in 1970 and worked a five state territory until his retirement in 1999. He played softball, fished, bowled, traveled, hosted exchange students and watched his own girls grow up and marry during his employed years. He also did lots of remodeling on the family’s old house, (many funny stories there, just ask his girls). Retirement meant no more work travel and a move to a new townhome which allowed him more time to pursue things that gave him joy. Trips to visit family around the country would be on that list as well as golf, cooking, volunteering and being Dad and a Grandpa to Mallory and Megan. John with Lynne did mission trips, many church service activities, rang bells for the Salvation Army red kettles, delivered Meals on Wheels and worked the warehouse for Operation Christmas Child. John loved Twins baseball, his Men’s Morning bible study, bowling with other seniors and every cat that shared their home (and there were many in the 60 years). He devoted many hours to watching and feeding the birds, going through hundreds of pounds of bird seed yearly. His sweetness to others was made stronger by the hard candies he loved, especially butterscotch. He always had a pocket full to share with others and to make new friends. So you can see his 19 years of retirement did bring him the joy he wanted after the many years away from his family to work. He loved serving others and his Lord.

John is survived by his loving wife, Lynne; daughters, Jody (Marty) Glynn, Susan (Tom) Burke; granddaughters, Mallory Glynn, Megan Burke; sisters, Eleanor (George) Kechkes, Johanna Fetterman, Marie (Shawn) Pak; sisters-in-law, Valerie Hall, Mary Ellen (Tim) Neitz, Nancy Hiner; many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, John and Alma (Funk) Loewing.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

4

Dec

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
McNearney - Schmidt Funeral and Cremation

1220 3rd Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379

Visitation

Tuesday

5

Dec

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Wooddale Church - Eden Prairie Campus

6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55424

Service

Tuesday

5

Dec

11:00 AM
Wooddale Church - Eden Prairie Campus

6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55424

Officiating is Pastor Gary Clark. Serving as pallbearers are Phil Rudell, Gaylen Case, Lyle Crider, and Jim Whitney. The family prefers memorials to the Shakopee Meals on Wheels program.

Cemetery Details

Location

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Avenue
South Minneapolis, MN 55450

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