H. Dennis Loft

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BRIDGEWATER - H. Dennis Loft, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home after a long illness.

He was born April 18, 1939, and raised in Shelbina, Mo., the son of Harold B. and Katherine (Bush) Loft. "Denny" graduated from Shelbina High School in 1957 and attended colleges around the state, including the University of Missouri.

Dennis went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964, stationed for 18 months in Ethiopia, where he focused on communications and journalism. Upon his return to the States, he was stationed at Fort Devens, Mass., where he met his wife, Marcia Lapierre from Rochester. Together they returned to Missouri, where Dennis continued to study radio broadcasting.

From childhood and throughout his life, Dennis was a passionate fan of Missouri Tigers football. He put his love of the game and his vast knowledge of sports statistics to use working as a high school and college radio broadcaster in Missouri. The family moved to Franklin with their three children in 1979. Dennis continued a career in radio, working as an account executive at WFTN in Franklin.

Dennis was an avid reader who especially enjoyed history and theology. He also liked writing, and his fond memories of growing up in a small Missouri town fueled his creativity in putting pen to paper. Denny was the quintessential Missourian. While a Midwesterner at heart, he loved the beauty of New Hampshire, and the family has been in Bridgewater and the Newfound Lake area since 1997.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcia Loft of Bridgewater; a daughter, Lisa Newton and husband Matthew Newton of Concord; two sons, Michael Loft of Bridgewater and Joel Loft of Franklin; two grandchildren, Emily and Evan Newton; two sisters, Diana Todd of Hannibal, Mo., and Carol Blough of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; brother-in-law David LaPierre and wife Dolly LaPierre of Vancouver, B.C., Canada; and several cousins and nieces.


services: There are no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be observed on Friday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Pemi-Baker Community Health, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Suite 3, Plymouth 03264. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

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Published in Union Leader on Jan. 13, 2013
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