Robert Hatfield Loreaux, Jr., of Lebanon, Ohio, passed away on February 24, 2021 at the age of 90. He was the son of Virgie and Robert Loreaux, Sr. who pre-deceased him. He was also pre-deceased by his infant daughter, Joyce Yvonne; a grand-daughter, Brinley Rhodes; his late wife, Jeanne Coleman Loreaux; and a son, Richard Loreaux. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Ann (nee DeVoe); loving children: John (Crystal) Loreaux, Randi Lynne Loreaux, Trinity (Eric) Rhodes, Elizabeth (Mark) Edwards, two sisters: Mary Jean ("Sis") Schroeder and Janet (Conrad) Brettin; twenty grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Luverne, Minnesota on October 19, 1930. He lived briefly in Morris, St. Paul and Lewiston, Minnesota. Beginning at age 6, he grew up on a farm north of Wooster, Ohio, graduating from Wooster High School.
Bob was a graduate of Purdue University School of Civil Engineering. He lived in New York City while working for and taking classes at Columbia University. While living in New York, Bob received his federal pilot's license.
Bob was a graduate of Louisville Theological Seminary. While a seminarian, he interned for a year at Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He was ordained by Transylvania Presbytery and served as pastor of The First Presbyterian Church in Newport, Kentucky. He was the volunteer pastor at the Cincinnati YMCA and a frequent guest preacher at many churches. He regularly picked up hitchhikers so he could talk to them about Jesus. Bob was involved in numerous ministries and bible studies and faithfully preached a monthly Sunday sermon at Burlington House Alzheimer's Center for the staff and residents there.
Bob proudly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy and was an officer on two ships: the USS ATKA (AGB-3) and the USS Randall (APA-224). His ships traveled to the north and south poles for reconnaissance work, and Bob earned the status of Trusty Shellback as his ship "crossed the line" (went across the equator). While in Antarctica, Bob saved the lives of four other men when the helicopter that was supposed to carry them back to the ship crashed in a white out, killing its pilot.
Bob was a member of the U.S. Navy League, the American Legion Post #123 in Norwood, and Lebanon Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed woodworking, and was an avid reader of biblical and theological books, as well as western novels.
Bob was active in several Cincinnati churches, numerous ministries, and studied the Word daily in the original Greek and Hebrew. He was relied on as the ultimate textual arbiter as he was the one with the Greek New Testament and he knew how to use it. There was never any question that Bob had an intimate relationship with His Lord and he often proclaimed the Good News wherever he went.
Bob endured being jailed five times for his peaceful protests against abortion clinics. He was a generous man who had an active ministry to homeless men. He always had a book in his hand, and was never without his yellow, ruled suspenders. Bob was appreciated not only for his wisdom, Biblical scholarship, and spiritual discernment, but also for his sense of humor. He has left behind a loving, devoted, and caring family for his wife.
A private funeral is planned for the family where he will be laid to rest with military honors; a Celebration of Life service for everyone will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Celebration of Life service at 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, then everyone is invited to lunch at the church.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.SpringGrove.org. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Life Forward Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati; Honor Flight Tri-State (Cincinnati, Ohio), or Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Ohio.
|Memorial Visitation||Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Ohio.||September 4, 2021||11:00 am - 12:00 pm||Directions|
|Memorial Service||Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Ohio.||September 4, 2021||12:00 pm||Directions|