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Roger Charles Loeffelbein is the only person I've ever heard of who had a hole-in-one in five, the first one was out of bounds, the second penalty, the third out of bounds, the fourth penalty and the fifth was in the hole for a win, blowing away the competition.
Roger was born on May 17, 1942 to Rosemary and Arthur Loeffelbein, joining a sister, Valerie (Roger) Mathews.
After graduating from college Roger married Elaine (Gavin), the love of his life. They had a special son named Mark and a daughter named Diane (Matthew) Miller, who gave Roger his two grandchildren, Jacob Reed and Megan Julia. This completed the small but very loved family.
Roger's career started with Chevrolet after negotiating a contract for them. He joined Chef Pierre in Traverse City, where he enjoyed work, friends, beautiful Traverse and of course, golf and his family. He moved on within Sara Lee to Electrolux in Connecticut to the meat group in Memphis, Tennessee, then to Hillshire Farms in Wisconsin to Bryan Foods in Mississippi, from which he retired as CEO. He then joined J.P. Food Service in Maryland and retired again.
Returning to Traverse City for the summers and Florida for the winters with his wife of 53 years, he loved skiing, boating, golf and his family, who always came first. He was trying to play the top 100 courses but ran out of time.
Roger was always available to his employees in every possible way. He was active on many boards.
He will be buried in Acme Cemetery in the spring, it will be his final hole-in-one. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a Mass at noon and a luncheon to follow, at Christ the King Catholic Church on Saturday, Dec. 16.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to GTI (Grand Traverse Industries), 2883 Aero Park Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686. GTI is a local employer for the disabled.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home; www.covellfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 14, 2017
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