GENEVA – John R. Loftus, 87, of Geneva, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Green Fields of Geneva.
He was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Dixon, to William and Lucile (neé Jones) Loftus. John was raised in Dixon. He served in the Navy in World War II in the Pacific. Before and after the war, he attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1949. He married Julia “Julie” Marloth on Jan. 11, 1947, and together they raised six children.
The family moved to St. Charles in 1954. He and Julie resided there until they moved to Geneva 6 years ago. John was real estate developer and the owner of a general contracting company specializing in industrial and commercial construction.
John was a longtime member of St. Patrick Church. He served on the parish council and finance council, and he and Julie were honorary chairpersons of the capital campaign to build the St. Patrick Crane Road church.
He was a steadfast supporter of the University of Notre Dame. He played basketball for the Fighting Irish and was a member of the Monogram Club. He later served on the University’s Business Advisory Council. In addition, he and Julie made significant contributions to capital campaigns for Notre Dame.
He is survived by his wife, Julie; his children, William (Elizabeth) of St. Charles, Mary Parker of Wild Rose, Wis., Martin (Eve) of Santa Fe, N.M., Louise (Michael) Lachapelle of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., James (Irene) of Mequon, Wis., and Kathryn (Jay) Reynolds of St. Charles; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Winifred (Don) Youngmark of Dixon and MaryLu McCall of Sugar Grove.
He was preceded in death by his grandson John Timothy Loftus, in infancy.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m.Thursday at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., three blocks west of the river and one block south of state Route 64, in St Charles. Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 408 Cedar St., St. Charles. Interment will be at Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Marmion Abbey or Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL 60502.
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