Leonard “Len” W. Loertscher
Leonard “Len” W. Loertscher, 98, of Janesville, was called to his eternal home in heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. He passed away peacefully while residing at Rock Haven Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2940 Mineral Point Ave, Janesville, with Pastor Carl Seeger officiating. Visitation took place on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home, 21 S. Austin Rd, Janesville. Visitation continued on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at the church. Gravesite services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at Abbotsford Cemetery in Abbotsford.
Len was born on Sept. 27, 1921 in Medford to Herman and Lena (Lindenschmidt) Loertscher. There he grew up on the family farm and when he wasn’t working, he spent countless hours playing baseball with his brothers. He graduated from Medford High School in 1939. On Sept. 27, 1947 he married June Stock in Medford. Len spent the early part of his career working as a hog and cattle farmer in rural Woodstock, Ill. He left farming to drive semi tractor trailers. He first hauled cattle for Daggett Trucking and then drove for Neuendorf Trucking until it became ANR Trucking. He earned his “Mack Million Mile” safety award, an achievement of which he was very proud, and retired after 25 years. Len was an avid Brewers, Bucks and Packers fan. Most days you could find him “watching the game.” He and his wife enjoyed bike riding together and Len enjoyed spending time fishing and pheasant hunting. In his first year of retirement, he took up golfing and made a hole in one at Janesville’s Riverside Golf Course. Len was often described as a sweet and gentle man. He was well known for his letter writing and his ability to turn strangers into friends wherever he went. He also had a love for animals. Some most dear to him were his schnauzers, Otto, Shadow and Dutchie, and his bengal cat, Toby. Len and June were married for 72 wonderful years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Janesville since 1962 and up until his passing, was the oldest member of the congregation.
Len is survived by his loving wife, June; two sons, Dennis Loertscher and Leonard Jr. (Jackie) Loertscher of Janesville; one daughter, Terry (Jack) McClung of Oconomowoc; seven grandchildren, Garilynn (Randy) Gillitzer, Danielle Pierson, Jonathan Loertscher, Steven (Sara) Loertscher, Matthew Loertscher, Brian (Angie) Loertscher, Jennifer (Justin) Emann of Janesville; 14 greatgrandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Len was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Donna J. Loertscher; six brothers; and two sisters.
With our sincerest gratitude, we wish to thank the entire staff of Mercy Manor, Mercy Hospice and Rock Haven Nursing Home for their loving care, compassion and support throughout Len’s journey.
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