Arthur E. Loe, 74

      Arthur E. Loe, 74, of Columbia City, died Friday evening, Aug. 13, 2010 at Sacred Heart Hospital of Eau Claire, Wis. where he was admitted July 31.

     He was born Feb. 24, 1936 in Columbia City, a son of James E. and Sarah Jane Olive (DeWitt) Loe. As a young boy, his family moved to the Roanoke area. He graduated from Roanoke High School in 1954. In 1955 he moved to Larwill. On Jan. 14, 1959, he was inducted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged as Corporal Dec. 31, 1964.

     On Sept. 29, 1961 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Wolfe. They made their home in Larwill until August 2003 when they moved into Columbia City. For the past 23 years, they have spent their summers in Wisconsin. He retired from Dana Weatherhead with more than 30 years of service.

     His memberships included United States Bowling Congress, Huntington County Basketball Hall of Fame, formerly Columbia City Moose Lodge and formerly Fort Wayne Eagles 248.

     Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Lou; four daughters, Christina Loe of Larwill, Laura (Phil) Cameron of Larwill, Rochelle Boschet of Columbia City and Janice (David) Fry of Bullhead, Ariz.; a son, Bart (Erika) Loe of Warsaw; eight grandchildren; a brother, Jack Humphrey of Mishawaka; and three sisters, Catherine Sheets of Larwill, Patricia Ulrey of Warsaw and Imogene Taylor of Huntington.

     He was preceded in death by six brothers, James Loe, Franklin Loe, Dale Loe, Ralph Loe, Grant Martz and Lester Lindsley; and three sisters, Netha Walter, Alice Mort and Charlotte Loe.

     The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. The visitation was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to