Ronald Glenn Loutzenheiser, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend died Feb. 28, 2008. He was born March 1, 1931 in Canton, Ohio. By age four, the family made the move to the Valley of the Sun. They captured much attention as they traveled west with the homemade trailer they had built for overnights.
Mr. Loutzenheiser was the younger of two children, attending Avondale Elementary School and Litchfield High School. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, gaining skills he would later share as a Scoutmaster with boys in the inner city of Phoenix.
Joining the Air Force right out of high school, he contracted polio and spent two years in a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas. After being discharged, he came home to continue his fight for recovery. With his marriage to Eunice Eades of Phoenix and beginning employment by Walsh Bros., their only child, Sandra Marie, was born.
Along with his joy in his daughter, he also loved participating in the Barber Shop Quartet and the March of Dimes. A few years after his first wife's death, he married RoseMary on Nov. 1, 1975.
The couple continued to live in the Valley and Mr. Loutzenheiser became employed in the Roosevelt School District. After retirement, he and his wife built a home in Tonto Creek Estates.
Mr. Loutzenheiser is survived by his loving wife RoseMary; his beloved daughter Sandra and her husband Jim; grandchildren Jimmy and his wife Kendra, and Krystal; great-grandchildren Garrett, Madison and Allyson; son Dennis and wife Cathy; grandchildren Alyssa, Heath and his wife Jennifer, Chad and his wife Amber; great-grandchildren Aspin, Ella; and a caring brother Richard and his wife, Pearl.
Services were held March 4 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Payson. He will be laid to rest on March 8 at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Memory Lawn in Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to RTA Hospice or to the Payson Humane Society.