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Gene Loffredo dies at 88

by | August 31, 2010
Produce industry veteran Eugene Loffredo, 88, died Aug. 15 in Des Moines, IA, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

In 1940, Mr. Loffredo went to work in Des Moines for his father at his family’s produce business, Loffredo Gardens. Two years later, he joined the U.S. First Marine Division, serving on the front lines of the South Pacific in World War II from 1942 to 1945 or '46, his son, Mike Loffredo, told The Produce News.

According to The Des Moines Register, Mr. Loffredo was buried Aug. 19 at Des Moines’ Glendale Cemetery.

Born June 9, 1922, to Anthony and Clara (Bellizzi) Loffredo in Des Moines, Mr. Loffredo grew up with his parents and seven siblings. In 1965, he became the third president of his family’s business, which was started by his grandfather in 1892. The firm grew to become Loffredo Fresh Produce Co.

On April 6, 1947, Mr. Loffredo married Sara Branco, according to the Register. The couple had five sons and were married for 63 years until Sara lost her battle with leukemia three months before her husband’s death.

Mr. Loffredo is survived by his sons, Gene (married to Diane), John (married to another Diane), Michael (married to Barbara), Jim and Larry, who all reside in the Des Moines area. Mr. Loffredo also had 10 grandchildren, two great- grandchildren, and two sisters, Nancy Prough in Dallas and Mary Ross in Galesburg, IL. He also had many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to be made to Christ the King Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Iowa Chapter.