On Friday, May 22, 2020, Ronald Herbert Loe died peacefully at home in Chester Springs, PA at the age of 81.
Ron is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lois Kathleen Loe of Chester Springs, PA; brother Michael Thomas Loe, sister-in-law Charlotte Jarvis Loe and niece Megan Jarvis Loe of Bakersfield, CA; daughter-in-law Tammie Southworth Loe and grandson Robert Jesse Loe of Milford, VA; cousins Christine Shires of Collegeville, PA and Joseph and Erin Fazzari of Spring City, PA. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Jason Loe.
Ron was born September 3, 1938 in Bakersfield, CA to Herbert and Mildred Loe. During his twenty years in the Army, Ron qualified and worked as a nuclear power plant operator, health physics specialist and trainer with the Army Engineer Reactors Group and earned a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. From November 1, 1975 until his retirement February 29, 1980, Ron was assigned to the Health Physics Office at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC where he provided radiation safety support and radiological emergency response to the medical center, research institutes and reactors located on Walter Reed property. There he wrote procedures including implementing procedures for the medical center’s human use radioactive materials license. After retirement, Ron worked as a contract procedure writer and radwaste project manager at commercial nuclear power plants. In 1981, he and Walter Reed Health Physics Technician Lois Brown of Westerly, RI married. They worked long term contract jobs together at nuclear power plants until 1992 when Lois took a permanent position with Philadelphia Electric Company and they made Chester Springs, PA their home after which time Ron worked locally or on short term assignments.
Ron was an avid reader and had a passion for military history. He was one of a very few enlisted persons to complete the US Army Command and General Staff College Extension Course, usually reserved for officers, and its refresher courses. At the age of six, Lois told her sister that she wanted to marry a walking encyclopedia when she grew up. She did. Ron was indeed a walking encyclopedia, with a kind heart. He will be missed.
Ron will be returned to his place of birth at a future date for a military funeral and interment at Bakersfield National Cemetery, CA.