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Colonel Joseph P. Loughran

Colonel Joseph P. Loughran, US Army (Ret.), 95, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2016, surrounded by family. A true patriot, he embodied the best of the Greatest Generation. Born in New York City, NY, on August 17, 1921, he was the son of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, Joseph Dominic Loughran and Nora Tobin. Joseph enlisted in the US Army in 1942 during World War II as a Private, and later graduated from Officer Candidate School. He served as an officer in the Army Transportation Corp. for thirty years, and retired as a Colonel in 1973. His career included tours of duty in Japan, Labrador, Viet Nam, Germany, Italy, and many other fascinating places. Joseph loved his country and thoroughly enjoyed serving it during his career. Following his retirement from the Army, Joseph made his home in the familiar Hampton, Virginia area, and continued working for the Dept. of the Navy for eight years. After that, he enjoyed his retirement with his “Beloved Bonnie” for many years. Joseph was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-nine years, the former Veronica Anne (Bonnie) Larkin of New York City, NY, who died on December 8, 2012. “Joe”, as he was known by friends, is survived by his and Veronica’s eight children who loved him dearly: Joseph P. Loughran Jr. (Meredith), Valerie McBeath (John), Bonnie Marshall, Noreen Mercer (Bradley), Thomas Loughran (Anne-Marie), Roseanne Martin (Rodney), Dennis Loughran (Lorraine), and Christopher Loughran (Linda); seventeen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Purcellville, Virginia, at 11 a.m. on December 13, 2016. Colonel Loughran will be buried beside his wife, Veronica, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, with full military honors, at a future date. Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA. Please visit http://www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.

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