Leonard Ernest Loflin, age 93, died June 26th 2021 surrounded by his family at Village Green in Federal Way.
He was born and raised on McKinley Hill to Irene and Harry Loflin. He attended Sheridan Elementary school, Gault Junior High (he learned to play the saxophone at age 7) where he was in the school orchestra, Lincoln High School and was on the boxing team.
He signed up for an apprenticeship during World War II as a ship fitter in Puget Sound Naval Yard. He served our country for 3 years in the Army Air Force as a medical technician in medical air evacuation, flying in C-47's. He continued his education at the College of Puget Sound for 3 years and onto Dental School at University of Washington. While going to dental school he lived in Union Bay Village, a veterans only housing unit, where he was mayor for 2 years and was President of Delta Sigma Dental. He practiced dentistry in Browns Point for 55 years, retiring at age 83!
He was a strong believer in lifelong learning, therefore on the weekends you would often find him attending continuing education courses, upgrading his practice and working in the laboratory at his office.
His many hobbies included water skiing, fishing, boating, camping on Maury Island, propagating Rhododendrons & Palm Trees , training and competing with his tumbling pigeons, building multiple garages & home restoration , restoring wooden boats & old cars, and most of all he loved pouring concrete.
After retirement, he continued playing the piano and accordion. He spent many years with Arthur Murray ballroom dancing, and competed internationally with his favorite dance instructor, Jacque in Oregon, Kaui, and Maui. He was an active member of St. Matthews and St. Patricks Church and served many years as an Usher. He was a past President and an active member of the Slavonian Hall. He was very involved at Village Green, a retirement Village in Federal Way, he served on the council as Vice President and President and he enjoyed all the activities there, including the talent show where he danced and played the accordion. This last year he enjoyed playing pool with his friend Jewel and playing cards and rummikub with his special friend Micki and visiting, at a social distance, all his friends at Village Green, especially his best friend Leo and long time friend Dave Hopkins . A big thank you to all the Staff and loving residents of Village Green which became an extended family to dad. The last few weeks an extra special thank you to their professional and kindhearted nursing and front desk staff and to Hospice who treated dad with respect and kept him comfortable.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Kornegay (Rob Pocrnich), Susan Tankieweiz (Tom), sons Harry Loflin (Janice Pepin), Steven Loflin (Leslie), John Keizer (Norine), his sister, Betty Welling, 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren with 1 great great grandson on the way.
He was a generous and caring man who loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. The most important thing in his life was his family and we were so blessed to have him in our life.
It didn't matter if you were visiting Leonard or just meeting him for the first time you always left with a smile on your face. Leonard was hard working, compassionate towards everyone and deserved the success and rich life that he enjoyed. The Legacy Leonard leaves behind is to smile often, have fun, choose happiness, be kind, and extend grace to everyone.
In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in his name to Browns Point Scholarship Fund or Hospice.
There will be a viewing at Gaffney Funeral Home at 1:00 on July 15th followed by his entombment at Calvary Cloisters at 3:00. There will be a memorial service on July 16th outside of BPIC at 4:00 continuing on with a celebration of life inside from 5:00 to 8:00.
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