Dr William C. Lofton

Dr William C. Lofton

Mays Lick, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
Death Oct 2015 (aged 77–78)
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 154485517 · View Source
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DVM Age 78 Survived by wife, JoAnne A. Lofton; 2 daughters, Dhana (Joel) Chandler, Omaha, Nikki (Sean) Simmons, Charlotte, NC; 5 brothers, Joseph (Escaleta), Cincinatti, OH, James (Judith), Mayslick, KY, Samuel, Frankfort, KY, Arthur and Franklin (Kathleen) Lofton, Maysville, KY; 2 sisters, Virgie Lofton Clayton, Lexington, KY, Millie Lofton Scarbough, Ypsilanti, MI; 5 grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives.

VIEWING 4-8pm Monday, with Alpha Rites 7pm, Mortuary. FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am Tuesday, Fontenelle Community Church, 4140 N. 42nd St. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Military Honors. Memorials suggested to Josie Harper Hospice House, 7415 Cedar St. Omaha, NE 68124.

THOMAS FUNERAL HOME 3920 N. 24th St. 402-453-7111
From the Omaha World Herald Newspaper:

The last time a car crashed into William C. Lofton’s north Omaha animal clinic, in 2009, he was neutering a dog.

The building shook a bit, but he finished the operation.

Afterward, the veterinarian matter-of-factly told a World-Herald reporter that his clinic of 40 years, which is near the bottom of a hill, often had encounters with errant vehicles. Years earlier, after a sedan smashed through the front glass and into the lobby, he bricked up the wall.

That was the sort of determination that many cat and dog owners had come to rely on from Lofton, a Kentucky farm boy drawn to Omaha in a roundabout way by the Vietnam War.

Lofton died Oct. 26 after a long illness, said his wife, JoAnne. He was 78.

He was born in 1937 in May’s Lick, Kentucky,a village named after a natural mineral deposit that attracted animals to lap at its salt. Lofton grew up on a nearby farm.

“That’s where he developed his lifelong love of animals,” his wife said. “Especially small animals,” because by the time he reached young adulthood, “he’d had enough of big animals.”

He attended Kent State University, then Tuskegee University’s vet school in Alabama. JoAnne was working as a lab technician there when they met, she said. They married a year before he graduated in 1964.

Lofton was working in Alabama as a poultry inspector for the U.S. Agriculture Department when the Army called, she said. He’d been in the Reserve, and now, because the Vietnam War was heating up, Uncle Sam insisted that he return to duty.

Turns out the Army needed a food inspector at Fort Omaha. That’s where Lofton was stationed for two years, checking meat and other foodstuffs bound for troops overseas, his wife said.

He retired as a captain, took a job with a north Omaha animal clinic for a few years, then in 1975 opened his own practice, Miller Park Animal Clinic, 5901 N. 30th St.

“He just had a way of relating to animals,” JoAnne Lofton said. And he could put worried pet owners at ease because “he laughed quite a bit and could joke about anything.”

Survivors include two daughters, Nikki Simmons of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dhana Chandler of Omaha; five grandchildren; five brothers and two sisters.

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