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Rev William J Loan
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1915
Death: Dec. 3, 1991

Watertown Daily Times - Thursday, December 5, 1991

The funeral for the Rev. William J. Loan , 76, Sadaquada Apartments, Whitesboro, former pastor of Northern New York churches, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Foxwood Mausoleum chapel, Ogdensburg. Entombment will follow at the mausoleum.

The Rev. Mr. Loan died Tuesday morning at his home following a lengthy illness.

Surviving are his wife, Fedora P.; three sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and three sisters.

He was born March 4, 1915, in Parishville, a son of the Rev. Francis E. and Edith Smith Loan. He was a graduate of Oswego State Teachers College and the St. Lawrence University Theological Seminary, Canton.

He married Fedora A. Pernice, daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Fish Pernice, Norwood, Aug. 17, 1940, at the home of the bride's parents, Norwood, with the Rev. Mr. Loan, father of the bridegroom, officiating.

The couple resided at Brasher Falls in the first year of their marriage.

The Rev. Mr. Loan taught school at Wellesley Island before entering the field of professional scouting. He was assistant Boy Scout executive in New Albany, Ind., and later in Utica.

He began his ministry on a part-time basis in 1945. He entered the scholastic program in 1947 and later received both his bachelor of divinity degree and his full ordination as a Methodist minister in 1951, in Malone.

The Rev. Mr. Loan served Methodist churches in Lycoming, South Scriba, Heuvelton, Flackville, Cape Vincent, Three Mile Bay and Point Peninsula. He later entered the Presbyterian church ministry in Bergen.

The Rev. Mr. Loan served as pastor of the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church for many years. He retired from the full-time pastorate at Whitesboro in 1977.

Following his retirement, the Rev. and Mrs. Loan were given permission to re-open the Point Peninsula United Methodist Church, which was located near their cottage. Known as "The Little White Church by the Lake," it served as a 12-week summer parish for vacationers and summer and permanent residents in the Three Mile Bay area. They served there until illness forced the Rev. Mr. Loan's retirement in 1990.

The couple spent winters in Florida, where he was associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Lake Mary, Fla. At this church, he enjoyed delivering the children's sermon. A memorial service for the Rev. Mr. Loan will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Mary church, simultaneously with the service on Saturday in Ogdensburg. The Rev. William Moyer, former pastor of that church, will officiate.

The Rev. Mr. Loan was a member and former moderator of the Utica Presbytery. He was also a member of the North-Central Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served on the Utica Area Ecumenical Commission for 10 years and was a member of the Visiting Board of the Marcy School of Nursing. He also was chaplain of the Whitesboro Fire Department.

The Rev. Mr. Loan, or "Father Bill," as he was called, retained his interest in scouting throughout his life as an advisor to several explorer posts. He also led a total of 25 canoe trips for young people in Canada. 
Family links: 
  Fedora Pernice Loan (1918 - 2005)
Foxwood Memorial Park
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: May 31, 2009
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Rev William J Loan
Added by: Anne Cady
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