Tony, son of Gerardus and Wilhelmina Loeffen, was born on September 20, 1940 in Ewijk, Holland. He was the youngest of 10 children. He was well-loved, adored, and cared for by his 5 older sisters.
After he finished Landbouw (Horticulture) School, he served in the Dutch Army for 2 years as an MP.
At a school dance, Tony’s sisters introduced him to a classmate of theirs, Annie Van Kessel. On July 23, 1965 Tony and Annie were united in marriage. Tony worked alongside his older brother, Piet, and his dad to run their family orchards in Holland for many years. In April of 1966, Tony and Annie welcomed their first child, Marjon, into their family. The family continued to grow when, in July of 1967 Annette was welcomed, then Dianne in July of 1969, and Geert in January 1971.
In 1978 the city of Ewijk notified Tony and Annie that their home and property would be needed for annexation. This was Tony’s opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of immigrating to America to follow his oldest brother and two sisters who lived in Minnesota.
On January 16, 1979, the Loeffen family arrived in Caldwell, Idaho to start the next chapter of their lives.
The family ultimately settled in Fruitland where Tony was a dairy farmer, orchardist, and field man for Dickinson Frozen Foods. Upon retirement, Tony and Ann bought a home in Ontario where they spent many years surrounded by close friends.
In 2012, Tony and Ann moved to Nampa to be closer to their daughters as Tony was facing some health issues.
Tony was member of the St. Paul’s parish and enjoyed volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul food bank where he made some great friends. Tony was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2014 as a 3rd degree knight.
Tony is survived by his loving wife Ann, his daughters Marjon, Annette (Jeff), Dianne (Henry); Geert (Renee) and their families.
We would like to extend our sincere and everlasting gratitude to the doctors, all the staff members at MSTI in Nampa, St. Luke’s Nampa, Norco, Canyon County Paramedics, Nampa Fire Department, Horizon Home Health Care, Nampa Funeral Home, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, the Light House Church in Nyssa, the St. Paul’s funeral committee, the Knights of Columbus HELP program, all our wonderful friends and family in the United States and in Holland who have stood by us, supported us, checked in to see what we needed, brought food, sent flowers, Facetimed, texted and called.
Please join us for a light lunch in the gathering area directly after Mass.
In Lieu of Flowers donation may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank or The St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute