Adrian Denis Lofte

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:29 pm

Adrian Denis Lofte, 64, of Ossian, died Friday, July 15, 2016, in Rochester, Minn. Visitation was Tuesday, July 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Ossian, and one-hour before the funeral service Wednesday. Funeral services were Wednesday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Ossian. The Lutheran Order of Service was held by Rev. Wayne Ellingson and Irmgard Ellingson, M.A., with Rev. Robert Gross assisting. Burial was in Stavanger Lutheran Cemetery, Ossian, following the luncheon. Condolences may be left with: Schmitz – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Adrian was born to Vernon and Mildred (Mundt) Lofte Jan. 28, 1952, in Postville, and was a life-long member of Stavanger Lutheran Church. He graduated from South Winneshiek Community High School in 1970 and attended the Vocational Agriculture program at NICC in Calmar. Adrian was united in marriage with Mary Eileen Amble July 14, 1984, at the Riley Ridge Catholic Church in rural Lawler. To this union three daughters were born: Abigail, Lydia and Eleanor. Adrian was a Winneshiek County Trustee, drove the school bus for South Winneshiek Community School District, and was a fifth-generation family farmer. In his spare time he enjoyed reading the newspaper and farm magazines, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees, and watching car races. His passion in life was farming and his family, and he will be greatly missed by all.

Adrian is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Mary Eileen Lofte of Ossian, and his three daughters: Abigail Lofte of Winona, Minn.; Lydia Lofte (fiancé, Joshua Schrandt) of Altoona; and Eleanor Lofte of Ames.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Mildred Lofte.

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