Lonnie Duane Loringer, "Lon", age 72 , of Erie, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 31st, 2014 at Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center following and extended illness.
He was born on Novermber 25th, 1941 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Frank and Edith Lee Loringer. Lonnie attended Strong Vincent High School and went on to serve in the United States Marines.
Lonnie worked at Marx Toys, Bucyrus Erie for 17 years, Erie International Airport Security, and later worked as a gunsmith, repairing and selling guns until his retirement.
Lonnie is survived by his wife, Darcy Simmons Loringer, whom he married on January 9th, 1965 after meeting working together at Marx's Toys and went on to be married for 49 years; three children: Christopher Loringer of Erie, Erin Gallager of Lake City, and Timothy Loringer (fiancé, Mark Helmer) of Millcreek; two grandchildren: Kasey and Jordyn of Lake City; and a sister: Marilyn Pongratz of Erie. He is also survived by several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Lonnie enjoyed working around his house on various home improvement/renovation projects. It was his skilled restoration projections that turned the house he shared with his family for more than 35 years into a home. Lonnie also enjoyed working on guns, Irish music, and of course, Irish whiskey. Lonnie was preceded in death by his beloved and faithful companion, a Rottweiler, Natasha "Tasha," his pride and joy.
Lonnie will always be remembered reciting one of his favorite Irish Blessings:
'May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warmly upon your face and the rain fall softly on your land. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand…'
The family would like to thank Heartfelt Home Care, Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center, Lakeland Hospice, and Erie VA Medical Center, who provided comfort, support, and care, not only for Lonnie but his family too during his final days.
Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 W. 10th Street, Erie, on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of a brief prayer service at 5:00 p.m.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 www.woundedwarriorproject.org
or ANNA Shelter (nonprofit for needy and neglected animals), 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16511 www.theannashelter.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on June 2, 2014