Edwin J. Loutzenheiser Jr., 94 - April 18, 2012
Edwin “Ed” J. Loutzenheiser, Jr., 94, of Hastings, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the Haven Home in Kenesaw.
Memorial services will be conducted on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Revs. Tony Dawson and Dr. Samuel R. Rathod officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
There will be no visitation. A book signing will be Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Loutzenheiser was born July 17, 1917, at Gothenburg to Edwin Jacob Loutzenheiser, Sr. and Anna (Wiklund) Loutzenheiser. He graduated from Gothenburg High School.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, a master’s degree in organic chemistry, and a PhD in pulp and paper engineering from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, WI.
Loutzenheiser served with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a gunnery officer on the USS Bingham.
He was united in marriage to Cora C. Russell on Jan. 5, 1946, in Honolulu, HI. She preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2010.
Loutzenheiser was an entrepreneur, founder and past president of Great Plains Container Company, and the president of Phoenix Casting & Machining.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a past-district governor of Rotary, a past-president of the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a three-time past-president of Overland Trails Council Boy Scouts of America.
Loutzenheiser served in leadership roles at the local district and conference levels of the United Methodist Church, and was a past-president of HEDC, a Nebraska Diplomat, a former member of Central Community College Board of Governors and served on the Board of Public Works for Hastings Utilities for several terms.
In 1973, he was named the United States Small Businessman of the Year, and received the Private Enterprise Award from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce in 1991.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Edwin and Anna Loutzenheiser; his wife, Cora C. Loutzenheiser.
Survivors include: his sons—William Loutzenheiser and Richard Loutzenheiser, both of Hastings; a sister, Marion Stalb of Kona, HI; brother, Thomas Loutzenheiser of Boise, ID.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Hastings College Foundation and the Northeast Community College Foundation in Norfolk.
Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.