Alan L. Loeh, 78, of Highland died on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father David L. Peters, retired pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1937 in Litchfield to Herman and Hazel (Best) Loeh. On July 20, 1968, he married Mary E. Alberternst. She passed away on Oct. 14, 2010.
Mr. Loeh grew up in Livingston. At age 13, he moved to Staunton. He graduated from Staunton High School in 1955. He graduated from Gradwahl School of Laboratory Technology in St. Louis, Mo. He also earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry and zoology, then, in 1965, a master of science in microbiology, both degrees coming from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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He worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland for more than 40 years, retiring in 2002 as the head of the laboratory.
As a youth, he was drafted by the St. Louis Browns baseball team as a shortstop. He played baseball and softball into his 60s.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was very good at archery. He also watching his grandchildren’s many sporting events. He also attended Senior Renewal at St. Joseph’s Hospital; it was a great program for him after his wife’s death.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Survivors include sons, Michael A. (Andrea) Loeh of Highland and Timothy W. (Sarah) Loeh of Ixonia, Wis.; grandchildren, Joshua A. Loeh of Highland, Julia K. Loeh of Highland and Jacob A. Loeh of Ixonia, Wis.; a brother, Jerald L. (Nancy) Loeh of Staunton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to Friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital.