BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Curtis E. Lohrding, 81, died Aug. 30, at his home following several months of illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Coldwater, to Raymond and Laura Lohrding. Curtis was a graduate of Coldwater High School and received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Science at Kansas State University, with four years ROTC and entered the Air Force as 2nd Lieutenant in July 7, 1955, where he became a jet pilot for three years. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ASCS) after 33 years administering offices in Coldwater and Great Bend. He retired to Bella Vista, Ark. in October 1990, where he enjoyed golf, bridge and volunteer work at the Bella Vista Recycling Center. In November 2004, he became coordinating manager (as a volunteer) at the recycling center until May 2012. He continued to work a day each week at the center until July 2014, and remained on the Board.
He is survived by his wife, Janet (Jan) of the home; a son, Jeffrey and wife Darby of LeCompton; a daughter, Linda Afzal and husband Tariq of Orlando, Fla.; three stepchildren, Karma Byers and husband Steve of Great Bend, Kerry Miller and wife Linda of Mulvane, and Michael Miller and wife Jennifer of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three sisters, Donna Butler of Coldwater, Esther Hutsell of Wichita, and Margaret Myott of Hartford, New York; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and three sisters, Louise Langham, Kathryn Schulz, and Ella Marie Church; and one grandchild, Ryan Byers.
A Memorial service will held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Ark. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Lutheran Church, Northwest Arkansas Circle of Life Hospice, or the Bella Vista Recycling Center. On line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Sept. 3, 2014#