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 Dennis Jackson Loughman

Dennis Jackson Loughman

Birth
Morris Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Jun 1964 (aged 58)
Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 102010589 · View Source
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From the
Waynesburg Republican
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
(Greene County)
June 25, 1964

Waynesburg Truckline
Owner Dies at Hospital

Dennis J. Loughman, 58, widely known Waynesburg truckline operator who expanded a one-unit trucking franchise into a fleet-sized line which operated in Pennsylvania and many adjoining states, died at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1964.

His death occurred at Greene County Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for several days. Although he had suffered from a heart ailment for the past few years, an internal complication which worsened rapidly during the past few weeks was the immediate cause of his death.

In addition to his widespread activity as a truckline owner and his related enterprises in leasing of heavy construction equipment, Mr. Loughman was known for his work in helping maintain Burma Road supply lines open for the China, Burma, India (CBI) theater during World War II.

An expert mechanic in his own right, he was assigned to the vital post of shop superintendent on the famed road which was known as the "lifeline" for the CBI front in the very earliest days of the war. He was one of 33 American transportation experts sent by the U.S. Government to assist the Chinese government in speeding prewar lend lease supplies to the interior.

He and another Waynesburger, John D. (Shang) Fritz, were nearing Manilla when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and for days their ship had to dodge hostile aircraft until they finally arrived safely in Rangoon.

Mr. Loughman had already built his truckline, chartered as the Waynesburg-Pittsburgh Local Express, up to a thriving enterprise before World War II and he continued its expansion after he returned home.

Mr. Loughman was born May 24, 1906, in Morris Township, near Ninevah, a son of the late Jack E. and Emma Hickman Loughman. His early life was spent on the family farm on Route 18, about six miles west of Waynesburg, where he returned to live several years ago.

After attending Waynesburg High School, Mr. Loughman graduated from an auto mechanic's training school in Chicago. He started his truck line in 1927 with one truck and gradually expanded it into one of the largest individually owned trucklines in this area.

It is based in West Waynesburg and also includes terminal facilities in Pittsburgh.

Along with his business interests, Mr. Loughman was also a nature and fishing enthusiast and had one of the largest private fishing lakes in the tri-state area at his home.

His interest in nature also resulted in his having brought two Himalayan bears back to Greene County from the Far East and which he presented in entertainments for many years. He also brought back a large collection of Oriental objects of art and historical items such as primitive weapons, coins and jewelry.

Besides his truck lines, Mr. Loughman had an aerial express franchise from the Greene County airport at Waynesburg for light freight. His truck lines transported much of the heavy castings and other equipment used in the natural gas industry's pump stations and in the coal industry's mines in Greene County.

He was a member of numerous civic, fraternal and trade organizations including the Chine-Burma-India Veterans Association, of which he was past national service officer and past provost marshal, the Traffic and Transportation Club of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association; American Truck Association; Pennsylvania State Council of Civil Defense; Western Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, the Waynesburg and Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce.

He was a member of the Waynesburg Moose lodge, the Washington Eagles; Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company at Ninevah and was a key member of the Waynesburg Lions Club, where he had a 15-year perfect attendance record. He was also a past president of the Lions.

Mr. Loughman was a member of the Washington Street Methodist Church in Waynesburg and of the John Wesley Sunday School class, to which he and Mrs. Loughman had been hosts at their farm home at the group's annual picnic for many years.

In Bradenton, Fla., where the family maintained a a winter home, Mr. Loughman was a committeeman of Pack No. 3, Boy Scouts.

Mr. Loughman, the last of his family, is survived by his wife, Dorothy Headley Loughman, and four sons, John, Van and Max, all at home, and Daniel, of Pittsburgh. An aunt, Miss Mollie Hickman, of near Waynesburg, also survives.


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  • Created by: Gerald
  • Added: 11 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102010589
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dennis Jackson Loughman (24 May 1906–9 Jun 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102010589, citing Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Gerald (contributor 46794864) .