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Rudolf (Rudi) Gerhardt Sr. Loeffler

Rudolf (Rudi) Gerhardt Sr. Loeffler

Loeffler, Rudolf (Rudi) Gerhardt Sr.; age 87; It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rudi Loeffler Sr. of Upper Economy, who passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Rudi was born in 1930, in Erlangen, Germany a son of the late Wilhelm Gerhardt Loeffler, and Anne Mueller-Neuhaus. He is survived by his wife, Leanora Elizabeth (Bette) Loeffler (Corbett); children, Debbie (Ron) Welton, Michelle ( Ace ) Powell, Rudi ( Gudi ) Loeffler; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and many nieces & nepews; siblings, Hertha ( Guenther ) Gebhardt, Jemseg, NB, Jutta Seifert, Germany,Werner ( Anneliese ) Mueller-Neuhaus, Germany, Dieter (Claire ) Mueller, Denmark, NS, Anneliese Zuegec , Germany, Wilhelm Mueller-Neuhaus, Germany. He lived his early years in Franconia, Germany where he took a trade as a mechanic. His sense of adventure took him to Canada with a working Visa through Pier 21, Halifax in 1951. He started his long working career at a Gold Mine in Perron Quebec as a Millwright, where he met his wife of 65 years, Bette. His career in the construction industry started with Comstock International when he and Bette moved to Ontario in 1952, and then, on to Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 1955, where he continued working for Comstock , and soon became a regional Superintendent of the Western Division. He spoke often of his close friends and colleges that he met during this time, and stayed in touch with them through the years. In 1967 he moved to Nova Scotia, with his wife and 3 children, where they purchased a farm which he operated until 1983, while also working for Comstock starting in 1977 as a superintendent for the Eastern office. When HMW Industries acquired a Machine shop in Truro, in 1980, he was recruited as General Manager, and then for a short period of time to Maloney Steel until 1983. In 1982 he established Kenomee Log Homes Ltd., which was his defining accomplishment as an entrepreneur. Until his passing; Rudi was still involved with the day to day operations of Kenomee. Rudi proudly built and shipped log homes throughout Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia. Kenomee Log Homes still continues to fulfill Rudi's legacy under family management. Construction & Manufacturing were his passion. Although work was his main Hobby, he had a great inquisitive mind for innovation and design, enjoyed traveling, and even took time for bass fishing in his later years. Many thanks to all the Doctors and Nurses, and VON for all the care that they provided. A very special thank you to Dr. Karen Ewing for her professional care, dedication, and warm support and going above and beyond for Rudi and family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, from where visitation will be held 7 – 9 pm Thursday, November 16, and where funeral service will be held 1 pm Friday, November 17, with Rev. Glen Rupchan officiating. Reception to follow in the funeral home. Private family interment to be held at the Penial United Church Cemetery in Five Islands. Family flowers only. Donations in Rudi’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of NS. Private messages of condolence can be sent to the family by viewing Rudi’s obituary and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

 

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