Joseph P. Loftus

Joseph P. Loftus, 73, found peace Saturday, June 10, 2006.

He was the dearest friend of Elfriede Engling; beloved father of J. Patrick (Debbi) Loftus, John M. (Barbra) Loftus, Mary E. Loftus, Dr. Jean M. Loftus (Dr. Jim Griffin) and Atty. Julie L. (Mike) Nelson; proud grandfather of Cris, Scott, Michael, Jennifer, Sarah, Jack and Jay; former husband of Diane J. (Keith) Parker; and dear brother of Jim V. (Pat) Loftus.

He is also loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Wisconsin, Illinois and California and by many friends and business associates.

Joe graduated from Marquette University in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

He began his professional career with Square-D Co. and then went to work for Harnischefeger. By 1966 he was the chief engineer and plant manager for Dietz Electrical Manu-facturing.

In 1971, Joe became president of Terminal Electric Co., a small industrial electrical contractor. In 1989 the company acquired Andrae Electric. Joe merged the two companies to become Terminal-Andrae Electric Co., and he was the chairman of the board.

Joe has been a registered professional engineer since 1960 and has been an active member of the National Electrical Contractor Association since 1971, and an active member of the Board of Governors from 1980 to 1993.

NECA awarded him with the Milwaukee Chapter Leadership Award in 1993 and the Midwest Regional Industry Leadership Award, an award that encompasses 13 states, in 1999.

Joe taught electrical and electronics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, sailing and repairing clocks.

Visitation will be at the Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9000 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, on Friday, June 16 from 4 to 6:45 p.m. with funeral services at 7 p.m.

Visitation will also be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. with a procession to Wisconsin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Bede Academy Development Office, Route 6W, Peru, Ill. 61354.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Home Hospice nurses Kathy Grudzinski, Kathy Misany and Valorie Zielinski, for their gentle and loving care.