John T. Loehnert '44

John T. LoehnertJohn Loehnert, age 82, of Bexley, Ohio, entered the Chapter Eternal on July 11, 2005 at Mt. Carmel West Hospital. Born June 3, 1923 to the late Frank and Elizabeth Loehnert and survived by loving wife, Gail of 59 years; 4 children, Leslie Gilmer, Tyler (Lisa) Loehnert, Brooke (Rob) Struthers and Todd '84 (Patricia) Loehnert; grandchildren, Peter and Joe Gilmer, T.J. and Daniel Loehnert, Sarah and Jack Waddell, Ryan '16 and Lauren Loehnert; step-grandchildren, Taylor and Wood Struthers. Also brother, Frank Loehnert, Jr. '47; sister, Ann Kitzmiller.

John was a graduate of Bexley High School and Denison University where he was President of Sigma Chi Fraternity and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Senior Men's Honorary. A veteran of WWII, John served in U.S. Navy and retired as Captain in the Naval Reserve. He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution and American Legion.

John's life was one of service and leadership. In addition to being Mu Chapter's president, he was head Basketball Coach at Denison, Vice President of Dollar Federal Savings and Loan Association, Mortgage Loan Officer Chase Manhattan Bank, Columbus. He retired 1988 but remained active as Past President of Athletic Club of Columbus, Columbus and State Council United States Navy League, Columbus Jets, Eastern Kiwanis, Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Chapter Denison University Alumni, Franklin County Chapter American Cancer Society, American Savings and Loan Institute. He was Past National Director of United States Navy League. He was the voice of the Bexley High School Football Program for over 20 years and organized and ran Bexley 5th and 6th Grade Basketball Program for over 20 years.

He was a member of Bexley City Council and Interim Mayor of Bexley in 1995. John was named 'Bexley Citizen of the Year,' in 1986. A lifetime member of Bexley Boosters, John was inducted into Bexley High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was a Bexley Representative on Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

In 1980, John received his alma mater's most prestigious alumni recognition, Denison's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1987, he received the Jefferson Award of the American Institute of Public Service.

John was respected by all who knew him. Contributions may be made to John Loehnert's church in care of St. Alban's Memorial Fund, the Bexley Education Fund, or to Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Foundation (pledgeform.pdf).

All honor to his name.

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