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March 25, 1920 – Friday, March 24, 2017

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Friday, March 31, 2017
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Truman Harold Lofte, age 96 of St. Michael, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at St. Therese of New Hope. He was born March 25, 1920 in Mondovi, WI, the son of Egil and Anna (Larson) Lofte.

Truman served in the Minnesota National Guard from October 19, 1936 until December 1, 1940. He willingly joined the US Army and served in WWII. He joined the US Army on March 3, 1944 and was honorably discharged on December 5, 1945 obtaining the rank of Army Private First Class. He received the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Eight Days Lost Under AW 107, two overseas service bars, and Bronze Star. Truman worked as a bulldozer operator building Greenland Strategic Air Command Base and Oversees Highway in Alaska, he later worked as a Master Electrician with Cargill and retired from Dayton’s.

On July 14, 1940 Truman Lofte and Corinne Cunningham were united in marriage. To this union, three daughters were born: Sarah, Patricia, Susan. Corinne passed away on January 23, 1993.

On October 8, 1994 Truman Lofte married Linda Kimmes.

Truman enjoyed boating and building a motor boat in the garage with his brother, reading, classical music, playing cards, playing ball with his daughters when they were younger, reading, watching movies, cheering on the MN Vikings, and traveling to Ireland, Germany, Italy, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Arizona and the North Shore. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and Knights of Columbus. He was very pragmatic, had a strong work ethic, was playful and a tease, devout converted Catholic, had a good sense of humor, sparkling eyes, generous charitable giving and volunteering at Ascension School while his daughters were attending, helped his neighbors, and had an unwavering dedication to his family. Truman truly inspired others by who he was and how he lived.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Corinne Lofte; parents, Egil and Anna Lofte; brothers and sister, William Lofte, George Lofte, Maurice Lofte, Paul Lofte, Dorothy Lofte; son-in-law, George Foster; and siblings-in-law, Mary Rapatt and Paul Kimmes.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Lofte of St. Michael; daughters, Sarah “Sally” Lofte of Minneapolis, Patricia “Patty” (Jerry) Dziuk of Champlin, Susan Foster of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Brian (Cheryl) Kovar, Christian (Deb) Kovar, Sarah Kovar, Dennis Smith; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Cameron, Krista Kovar, Erika Kovar, Ty Kovar, Caleb Kovar, Tessa Kovar, Alexis Nguyen, Morriah Kovar, Hieu Kovar; great-great-grandchildren, Finley, Josephine, Aiyana, Averi, Ayden, Asiaah, Serenity, Kohen, Cael; siblings-in-law, Rita Koelman, Thomas (Sharon) Kimmes, Timothy (Sarah) Kimmes; and other family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with visitation two hours prior, at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael with Father Peter Richards as Celebrant. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Casket bearers will be Brian Kovar, Christian Kovar, Sarah Kovar, Timothy Kimmes and Thomas Kimmes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Masses or to a charity of donor’s choice.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362. www.thepetersonchapel.com

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Phyllis Pollock

    I am so sorry for your loss. You said the other day he was not doing well. You are always so friendly and you both were so happy coming for an ice cream corn at Mac’s. I may not be able to make funeral as my sister’s birthday is Friday but will wait and see when the funeral is set. All my love and I will pray for you and Truman.

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  2. Roger and Gloria Muth

    Linda and all; So saddened by Truman’s passing. He was a fine man and will be missed. You are in our prayers. Gloria(Sharon Kimmes sister)

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  3. Joleen Slinden

    I am so sorry for your loss. And so is everyone at MG Schulers. We were all very fond of Truman. I truly will miss him. He always brought a smile.

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  4. julie calligure

    Sally, Patty and Susan, such a special guy was your dad.
    I hope you find comfort in his life of goodness and good humor. He and your Mom would come to my recitals in high school which I always remember with love and appreciation. My condolences to all of you.

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  5. Kr

    I will never forget when I first met Truman. I heard that you two met over colorful bandaids. Well for some magical reason… He had pocket full of quarters at the otter. We were young. Didn’t want to sit around being polite with adult conversation. Few years later I asked him… Due to his gold rings, watch and necklace… “Where you in the mofia?” He said… Very nicely “many of my best friends are stuck in prison for life. I was lucky to be free and safe here.” My lil mind thought he robbed a bank. Now after seeing his obituary… I know what he meant. I really liked him. And I am happy that he lived a long and happy life. STRONG.

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