Loyal and dedicated to the Town he loved, Bruce Loertscher was known for wearing many hats in the Town of Plattekill throughout his lifetime. Loving husband and father, loyal friend and dedicated farmer.
Bruce always made time for Plattekill. From 1994-2001, Bruce served on the Planning Board holding the positions of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and as an Alternate to the UC Planning Board. He was elected Councilman in 2002-2005 and then was elected as Supervisor in 2006.
Bruce loved the summertime events at the park. You knew Bruce was happy when he was driving the tractor and pulling folk’s around in the hay wagon at Plattekill Day. He would also get a big kick out of the ever-growing Red, White & Blue 4th of July Fireworks Event at the park. It gave him a chance to mingle with the residents and catch up with the latest and greatest.
With dignity and class, Bruce Loertscher was laid to rest on a cold day in February. To say it was a sad day is an understatement. His smile would no longer light up a room or comfort a friend. But his spirit will live on forever.
Bruce A. Loertscher, age 56, of Wallkill died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Hospital. Born on May 15, 1956, in Newburgh, he was the son of Godfred J. and Helen (Williams) Loertscher. He married Judith on April 16, 1982 in Newburgh. He presently holds the position of Supervisor for the Town of Plattekill, Plattekill. Bruce, a life long resident of Plattekill, was the third generation to proudly run his family farm. After retiring from Yellow Freight, Bruce became active in the local government of the town he loved. He served as a member of the Plattekill Town Planning Board, Town Board, and since 2006, as Town Supervisor. Always smiling and ready to offer a helping hand, Bruce took pride in the wonderful community he had the privilege to serve. Surviving in addition to his wife: Judith Loertscher, at home; Daughter & Her Fiance, Deanna Loertscher & Matthew Rotjan of Dumont, N.J.; Daughter & Her Fiance, Courtney Loertscher & Kyle Frano of Plattekill; Uncle, Walter Loertscher of Plattekill. Calling hours will be Sunday morning, Feb. 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. Burial will follow in New Hurley Cemetery in the town of shawangunk. Memorial donation may be made to the Plattekill PBA, P.O. Box 45, Modena NY, 12548 where distribution of funds will be made to the families local charities of choice. Funeral arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845)255-1212. If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go towww.copelandfhnp.com
Parking will be available at the New Paltz High School. Transportation to and from Copeland’s Funeral Home will be provided.
Also anyone wishing to donate food for the reception at the Plattekill Firehouse can please contact Chris Mancuso at (845)-616-8218