With a smile that lit up the room when he spotted family or friends, Walter Loeffler brought joy into the world for 92 years. Born April 24, 1918, in Chicago, IL, to Anna Catherine Spohr and Louis Loeffler, he slipped peacefully away in his own bed on June 11, 2010, surrounded by loving family and caregivers.
Walter was raised in Oklahoma City, OK, the fourth of six children. He graduated from Classen High School, and then Purdue University, where he met the love of his life and wife of 69 years, Margaret “Peggy” Howard. He was a pilot trainer and aircraft engineer in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
After the war, Walter and Peggy lived and worked in Oklahoma City for 50 years, raising three children and leaving their mark on the city. Walter was a commercial contractor, involved in the construction of All Souls Episcopal Church, Penn Square Mall, Hertz Reservation Center, and Baptist Medical Center, to name a few of his projects.
In 1995, Walter and Peggy retired to Naples, FL, where they enjoyed the warm weather and beautiful beaches for 12 years.
In 2007, they moved to the Summit at Westlake Hills in Austin, TX, to be closer to family, and enjoyed making new friends and exploring Austin.
In 2009, they moved to Blanco County, Texas, to a custom-built apartment designed by their architect son-in-law, Jay West, in the home he shares with their daughter, Lynne Loeffler. Walter enjoyed the peace and quiet, watching the wildlife, and seeing his family every day.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and an infant son, Bruce.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Howard Loeffler, of Blanco; his son, Scott Howard Loeffler, and wife, Evelien Huismans, and grandson, Guido Jesse Loeffler, all of Christchurch, New Zealand, and granddaughter, Hanna T. Loeffler, of Opotiki, New Zealand; his daughter, Lynne Loeffler, and husband, Jay West, of Blanco, TX; granddaughter, Kate Loeffler West Baird, and husband, Peter, of London, England; granddaughter, Kelly Loeffler West, and husband, Bryan Blanton, of Austin, TX; his son, Walter Barnes “Barney” Loeffler, Jr., and wife, Janet Anderson Loeffler; grandson, Corbin Carroll; grandson, Courtland Barnes Loeffler, and wife, Correne Stout Loeffler; great-grandson, Payton Grisham Loeffler; and Payton’s paternal grandmother, Michael Fife, and husband, Creighton Edwards, all of Houston, TX.
A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Wednesday, July 7, at the Summit at Westlake Hills, 1034 Liberty Park Drive, Austin, TX. Entombment and a celebration of Walter’s life will follow in September, at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.