DECATUR — Loren M. Veech, 88, of Blaine, MN formerly of Decatur, IL, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at 11:55 pm, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at Lampstand Presbyterian Church, 655 S. Airport Road, Decatur, IL at 2:00 pm Friday, June 7, 2013 with family visitation beginning at 1:00 pm until service time at the church. Interment will be in North Fork Cemetery, Decatur. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions should be sent to: Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, One Veteran’s Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Loren was born March 18, 1925 in Oakley, IL, the son of William J. and Dottie P. (Bonds) Veech. He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and Millikin University. Loren proudly served in the US Army from 1943-1946. Loren married Marilyn Joan Davis on June 4, 1949 in Decatur, IL. Loren was an engineer at Union Iron Works and Huss and Schlieper for 47 years. He was a member of the Sertoma Service Club and an elder at Woodland Chapel Presbyterian Church. Loren and Marilyn enjoyed their monthly potluck group for 50 years, traveling with family and friends, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Loren loved to fish, hunt, and watch Cubs baseball. His passion was gardening.
Loren is survived by sons Byron and wife Gina of Spring Valley, IL and Brad and wife Andrea of Centerville, MN; grandchildren Nick (Stephanie) Veech of Mt. Horeb, WI; Megan Veech of West Palm Beach, FL; Jennifer and Matt Veech of Centerville, MN; great-grandchildren Elle and Mason Veech of Mt. Horeb, WI.
Loren was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn, on December 27, 2009.
A special thank you goes to the wonderful caregivers at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Hospital Spinal Cord Injury and Palliative Care Centers. Their love and compassion for Loren made the last four years of his life a blessing for Loren and his family.
Obituary written by family members.