Loy Habluetzel, 80, died unexpectedly Wednesday December 16th, in Fallbrook, California.

Cause of death is believed to be the result of a heart condition and a blow to the head a few days earlier when he fell on concrete.

Loy was born on a farm southwest of Clay Center, Kansas, February 6, 1940, and grew up in Clay Center.

Loy very much enjoyed reminiscing about good times, especially with his two brothers, Larry and Gail, and his parents, Lawrence and Maxine Habluetzel. The whole immediate family of five seemed to have the “right genes” for remembering obscure details of events from the past. It was like a hobby to each one of the five family members. The whole family especially liked to play table games, and the boys would even make up trivia games while working on the farms.

A specific conversational topic of enjoyment was sports, which Loy talked about even until his last few days. He could remember statistics and specific moments of sports happenings, from his early playing days and way back to the earlier days of professional baseball, basketball and football.

Very special to Loy and many of his friends were the achievements of the teams they played on at Clay Center Community High School. The Class of 1957 and the Class of 1958 (Loy’s Class) had extraordinary success. Both classes remained close in the years that followed, most probably because of their mutual respect and accomplishments in being undefeated state football champions (twice) and then, also, state basketball champions. Loy was starting quarterback on the second undefeated football team.

Loy spent most of his adult life in California, working in finance and real estate businesses. After leaving these businesses, he closed out his working days by working with a friend on a horse ranch. He especially enjoyed the ranch work.

Loy was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne (June 22, 2020), and also by his parents. He is survived by his daughter Taun Loi Habluetzel of Topeka, Kansas, two brothers, Larry Habluetzel and wife Carol of Overland Park, Kansas, and Gail L. Habluetzel and wife Marsha of Clay Center, Kansas, plus a number of nephews and nieces.

No services are planned at this time, pending family decisions. There is a memorial fund established to honor Loy. Any memorial monies will be used for specific charities. Checks should be made out to “The Loy Habluetzel Memorial Fund”, and sent to Gail L. Habluetzel, 421 Blunt Street, Clay Center, Ks 67432. Thank you for your kindness, care and generosity.

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