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Lawrence H. Loth (Larry), 85, a beloved husband, father and grandfather died at home with his family by his side on June 15, 2017. Larry was born in Buffalo, New York to Albert F. and Virginia Shamp Loth. He was a 1949 graduate of Lakewood High School in Ohio. After attending Kent State University, he enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He then enrolled at Brooks Institue of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. graduating in 1958 with an Achievement Award for being the top student in his class. He married Ramona Thurloff on April 9, 1960 in the First Congregational Church, Clinton, Iowa.
Larry was employed by Johnson Photographers, Inc. in Clinton, and in 1972 became a part owner. He was a life member of the Professional Photographers of America and of Iowa, joining both in 1958. Larry received his Master of Photography degree in 1978. He was active in both the PPA and the IPP. In 1983 he was appointed a PPA National Juror of print exhibits and judged many national, district and state conventions. In 1991 he received the National Award from the PPA for outstanding service to professional photography. From 1981 1994 he was the PPA Councilman from Iowa. Many of his prints hung at the National conventions and were accepted for the National Loan collection. A Fellowship from the PPI was awarded to Larry in 1979. He was a member of the American Society of Photographers (by invitation). He was a Certified Professional Photographer since 1979 and served on Iowas Certification Commission from its inception in 1978 until 1985. Due to health problems he closed Johnson Photographers, Inc. in 1993. At that time Ramona retired from Quantum Chemical Co. In 1994 the Loths relocated to Walnut Creek, CA.
Larry loved being with the family and attended many of the events in which the family participated. He enjoyed woodworking, and built several pieces of furniture for the Loth home. He was always ready to lend a helping hand, especially in painting. He enjoyed driving trips, vacations in Hawaii, and working on genealogy. He liked chocolate, Delicious apples, Campbells chicken noodle soup, and Pepsi. Larry was a 50 plus member of Clintons First Congregational Church, where he sang in the choir and was a member of several boards and committees.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona; son Kurt (Rose), daughters Lynn (Richard) Williams and Karen (Shawn) Smidebush. Also surviving are grandchildren Hannah, Robert Bob, and Max Loth; Molli and Ryan Williams; Madison and Jordan Smidebush; a sister, Virginia White of PA, and a sister-in-law, Roberta Hartman (George Brod) of CA, plus several nieces and nephews. His parents, a sister, Sallie Machall, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Helen and Robert Thurloff, preceded him in death. A special Thank You goes to the family for all of the love and support given to Larry and Ramona during the last several months.
Burial with Military Honors was at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
Memorials in Larrys memory may be sent to the First Congregational Church, 700 North Bluff Blvd, Clinton, IA 52732 or John Muir Hospital Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597. Condolences may be sent to Ramona Loth, 2901 Golden Rain Rd #9, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.
Published on September 19, 2017
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