News Death Notice
LOUGH, Samuel M. 74, of Springfield, died August 26, 2013, in Ohio State University Medical Center. He was born October 5, 1938, in Columbus, OH to Hubert J. and Maybelle C. (Smith) Lough. Sam worked as a chemist for C.F. Kettering Research, which later became Battelle Labs, until his retirement in 1995, after 31 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a 1959 graduate of Springfield High School, a 1964 graduate of The Ohio State University, a member of the New Carlisle Sportsman Club, Spring Run Farm Trout Club, and the American Single Shot Rifle Association. Many will remember him as a coach of the YMCA Swim and Dive teams as well as the Elks, a Little League baseball team affiliated with the Noon Optimist Club. He also loved photography, shooting guns, playing several musical instruments, gardening (with his brother-in-law, George Sanford), and, most of all, fishing (with his father, his sons, his grandchildren, and all his Trout Club buddies). He was a man of many passions and those who knew him knew that one hobby was never enough for Sam. Survivors include his wife, Ruthellen R. (Valley); two sons and spouses, S. Hugh and Christine Lough, Springfield, and Joe and Tara Lough, Columbus, OH; four grandchildren, Jordan, Monica, Kara and Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Mary Ellen Satanek and Sally Tackett; and his faithful companion, Poacher. The family would like to recognize and thank all of the Nurses and Doctors at the Springfield Regional Hospital and the Ohio State University Hospitals who took such great care of Sam. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, with family receiving friends 1 ½ hours prior in the church, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Private committal will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made either to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or to The Animal Welfare League of Clark County at 6330 Willowdale Road, Springfield, OH 45502. Arrangements are being handled by the CONROY FUNERAL HOME.