Archie Loeb was the son of Russian immigrants, Hyman and Sarah Loeb, who settled in Columbia County. He was born April 14, 1921, and died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
He served his country in World War II, then worked for a brief time in Chicago before moving to Watertown in the 1940s to “help” his brother, Bill, in the family business — recycling of scrap metal. Their father started the family business in 1923 as a junk dealer in Columbus dealing in metals, rags, paper and rubber. Under the leadership of Bill and Archie the company evolved into one of the best, safest and most respected scrap metal processors in the country, obtaining ISO and OHSAS certifications and offering honorable employment to hundreds of employees throughout the years. The business today operates yards in four cities in the Midwest.
Archie took Institute Scrap Iron and Steel seminars at Michigan State, Kellogg Institute and UW-Wisconsin NASMI courses. He also had a lot of hands-on learning.
He was an active member of Institute of Scrap Recyclers Industries Inc. He was a member of Kiwanis International for 59 years. He served on the board of directors of Opportunities Inc., Fort Atkinson. He was involved with the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Watertown for two decades.
He enjoyed horses and had a horse or team of horses in the Watertown Fourth of July parade for 51 consecutive years.
In 2008 the city of Watertown named the Main Street bridge after him.
He is survived by his wife, Annabelle; a son, Neal (Kellie) Loeb, Watertown, and a daughter, Jan (Marc Shovers), Madison; five grandchildren, Patsy, Morgan and Seanna Loeb, Ben and Sam Shovers; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, Mo. 64114.
Graveside services will be held at the Mount Zion Cemetery, 14510 W. North Ave., Brookfield, at 11 a.m. Sunday.