Loren L. Gfeller, age 88, of Ponca City, Oklahoma died Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Via Christi Village in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Visitation hours will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.gracememorialchapel.net.
Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Norman Cemetery about 20 miles northeast of Hays, Kansas, next to his wife Adella, who preceded him in death on December 11, 1992, under the direction of the Hays Memorial Chapel in Hays, Kansas.
Loren was born April 14, 1928 to Emil & Ivy (Shoftner) Gfeller, of a farm about 1 ½ miles southwest of Winona, Kansas. Loren graduated from Winona High School in 1946. After a hitch in the U.S. Army, Loren was in the U.S. Army reserves, and when the Korean War started on June 25, 1950, he was called back to active duty on October 14, 1950. He then spent approximately four months in Japan and eight months in Korea.
After his discharge from the Army, he worked as a carpenter until January 1953. He then went to Brown-Mackie school of business in Salina, Kansas and took an 18 month accounting course. After graduating he took a job in the refinery accounting department of the Continental Oil Company (Conoco) of August 1, 1954 and retired on May 1, 1985 after 30 years and 9 months.
On August 22, 1955 Loren married Adella Viola Cress of Hays, Kansas who he had met in business school in Salina, Kansas. After a honey-moon trip to various points in Minnesota & Canada, they made their home in Ponca City, Oklahoma for the rest of their lives. But, they made many trips from coast to coast, all over the United States & Canada while Loren was still working. After his wife passed away Loren traveled all over the world with the Prime Timers, Retirees Group of the Pioneer Bank in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Loren & Adella was Baptized at a young age and were members of the First United Methodist Church of Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Survivors include one sister Lorene Clark of Oakley, Kansas; he was preceded in death by his wife Adella; his parents; two brothers & wives Garland & Leola Gfeller and Myron & Frances Gfeller; sisters Wilda Gfeller, Arlene Berndt and Lucile Lewallen; one brother in law Francis Lewallen.
The family has suggested memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma and contributions may be left at the Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City.