Eugene Oscar Leopold Loth
November 19, 1919 - August 31, 2009
ELKHART -- Eugene Oscar Leopold Loth, 89 years old, died at 3:13 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2009, in his home.
He was born November 19, 1919, in the Netherlands, East Indies (now Indonesia), to Eugene A.M. Loth and Louise M. Cools. On March 26, 1946, he married Tjuinlong Klai Tjom Phoe Sri "Mary" Tamuan in Thailand. They and their seven children moved to Elkhart in 1960 under the sponsorship of the Elkhart City Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are three sons, Jody A. (Barb J.) Loth of Fort Worth, Texas, Philip A. (Sue) Loth and Dwight D. "Max" (Rebekah C. Pigors) Loth, both of Elkhart; five daughters, Mrs. Lenny (Louise I.) Casoria of Miami Beach, Fla., Mrs. Max (Wiesje Mathilda) Barnes of Longview, Texas, Mrs. Don (Anita L.) Stricker of San Antonio, Texas, and Suze L. Loth and Mrs. Virgil (Marie A. Lisa) Swann Jr., both of Elkhart; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on May 2, 2003.
Friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main (U.S. 12) in Edwardsburg, Mich., and for one hour before the 1 p.m. service of remembrance on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in the Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be Pastor Janet Shaver, minister of Creekside Church of Brethren, Elkhart, assisted by Pastor David Bibbee of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Burial will be in the Adamsville Cemetery.
Eugene served during World War II and was a Japanese POW for three years. While a prisoner, he was moved to Thailand, where h e worked on the railroad from Thailand to Burma (known as the Bridge of River Kwai). When the war ended in 1945, Eugene was released and shortly thereafter met his wife, Mary. In 1960, they moved their family to the United States. He was employed by Elkhart Brass and later retired from Elkhart Community Schools, having worked as a custodian at Monger Elementary and North Side Middle School, and as head custodian at Mary Feeser Elementary School.
Eugene was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening with his wife, as well as spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Creekside Church of the Brethren, Elkhart.
Eugene spent his last days at home under the care of his daughter, Suze, and longtime friend of the family, Sue Sedlacek.
Memorial donations may be given to the family in care of Suze Loth.
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