Obituaries

Harold Arthur Loch

March 13, 1940 - March 12, 2019

Service Date: March 18, 2019

Funeral Home Harding Litwin Funeral Home

Harold Arthur Loch, 78, of Springville, died Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019 at Geisinger Community Medical Center from complications following open-heart surgery.  He was the husband of Nancy Pfeiffer Loch. They were married August 15, 1970 and have been married 48 years.

Born March 13, 1940 in Scranton, son of the late William Edward Loch, Sr. and Emma Caroline Racibor Loch, he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tunkhannock.

Surviving are a daughter Amy Loch and her husband James Yurack and their children Hannah, Evan and Trevor Yurack, of Niceville, Florida and a son Stephen Loch and his husband James Scalzitti of Chicago, Illinois.  Also surviving are Harold’s brother and sister-in-law William and Lila Loch of Springville, nephew Alan Loch and his wife Julie whose children are Brandon and Emma Loch of Nicholson and nephew Randy Loch and his wife Jamie of Springville.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Willard and Hilda Loch of Springville. Harold graduated from Elk Lake High School in 1958 attending his sixtieth reunion last year.

Harold was self-employed as a dairy farmer for 51 years beginning at age 9 when his Father died. Woodworking was his hobby. After retiring from farming, for 15 years he sold heirloom quality cradles, rocking horses, bookshelves, quilt racks and household items from the wood varieties he harvested and cured from his farm acreage, signing and dating each creation. He was a business man whose reputation was his credit and whose handshake sealed a verbal contract.

Harold always grew a large garden which fed his family and provided enough that he could share with his neighbors.

He served his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as treasurer, elder and president of the congregation over the years of his life. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. His confirmation verse was Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that promised.” The essence of his character is demonstrated in a piece entitled A Farmer’s Creed which follows:

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make a life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, and the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, and your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world that I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellowman, and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in farming because it makes this all possible.

 

The funeral will be  Monday March 18th at 10am from the St. Paul Lutheran Church, located on US Route 6, Tunkhannock with Rev. Kim Bode officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City. Viewing at the Harding Litwin Funeral Home, 123 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock Sunday March 17th from 4-6pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5672 SR 6 W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

 

 

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