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December 10, 1944 - January 22, 2021

Burial Date January 29, 2021

A memorial service to honor Loren’s life will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021, beginning at 1:30 PM at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 12:30 PM, one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo Humane Society, c/o the funeral home.

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Age 76 passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. Loren was born in Sturgis, on December 10, 1944, the son of Clifford and Dorothy (Bottomley) Locke. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Lexington. On May 29, 1965, he married Margie Morgan who he met while he was on military leave at the World’s Fair in front of the Unisphere in New York City in 1964. Loren was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years on the Parchment Fire Department. He worked at Cytec as a boiler room operator for 35 years. Prior to that he worked at Checker Motors. He was skilled at carpentry and built his grandchildren playgrounds in their backyards. He also built the carports on their home. Loren’s kind smile, laughter and kindheartedness will be missed by all who knew him.  Loren is survived by his wife, Margie; his sons, Gary (Kate) Locke of Kalamazoo, James “Jim” (Melissa) Locke of Forest Hills, MD; granddaughters, Christina (Mark) Bourdo, Courtney Locke, Jennifer Locke, Hannah Locke and Isabella Miller; 6 great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; many other family and friends.