Michael J. Loftus December 8, 1927 - May 15, 2020

Michael J. Loftus ~ age 92, very reluctantly left his loving wife of 68 years, Marilyn, on May 15, 2020.  Michael enjoyed good health, but took a devastating fall which required surgery. Unfortunately he was unable to recover from this.  After saying his good-byes to family members, he quickly left to take his place at our Lords side.

The Loftus’ moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Flat Rock, North Carolina, twenty-four years ago.  This was after his retirement from Klein Tools, Inc., where he served 25 years as the Vice President of Marketing. During the Korean War, he honorably served in our military as 1st Sergeant in the 698th Headquarters AAA Gun Battalion.  He and his wife started dating while in their teens, and later both went on to graduate from Northwestern University.  He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Hendersonville Country Club.

Mike and Marilyn shared a multitude of interests and activities.  Those included world travel (having visited over 80 countries), big game hunting, deep-sea fishing, gliding, mountain climbing, scuba diving, cross-country motorcycling, competition skeet & trap shooting, photography, motorhome travel, horseback riding, cooking and entertaining, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and wildlife viewing from their mountain top home.

He was proceeded in death by his son, William M. Loftus, his father, Harold J. Loftus, and mother, Ethel M.(Ruel). He is survived by his sister, Jeanne Christensen, his four children, Lynn M. Loftus (Rick), James M. Loftus (Kathleen), Kathleen A. Tripp (Rusty), and Doreen L. Rogers (Michael), seven grandchildren…Salem, Coventry, Meghan, Colleen, William, Nicole, Michelle, and six great grandchildren, along with many nephews and nieces.  He also leaves behind his beloved black standard poodle, Saka IV.

Due to current world circumstances, a memorial service will not be held at this time.  In the near future, immediate family will gather for a private celebration of life.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery of Evanston, IL.

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  1. John Forte says

    I just recently learned of Mike’s passing; my heartfelt condolences. I had the pleasure of working for Mike at Klein Tools in the mid-90s and thoroughly enjoyed both our work-related and “off-the-clock” conversations. My deepest sympathy to his entire family.

  2. Mary Klein says

    Sending deep condolences and love to your family.