Nick R. Loze was a member of the Geauga County Agricultural Society, having served since 1994 as a Fair Auxiliary member, working in fine arts then changing to farm products. He was the only male on the Auxiliary for a long time. He was a member of Future Farmers of America. Nick passed away on Jan. 21, 2018 at UH Cleveland with his family by his side.
A lifelong resident of Huntsburg and Middlefield, he was married to the love of his life, Natalie (French) Loze who preceded him in death. His face lit up whenever his wife, Natalie entered the room. They were a perfect team. They raised a family of five: Penny, Nita, Nick Jr., Tim, and Chris.
Nick served in the Army during the Cold War from 1956-1958, stationed in Germany. When he returned home he started a trucking business called Nick’s Trucking & Sons. Nick was a special man who would help anyone in need. He will be remembered as a caring, compassionate, and loving man by his family, friends and relatives. He was loved by many, and will be missed dearly.
His friends on the Auxiliary have shared some memories about Nick.
“I will miss his smile and how good natured he was. I will miss him dearly when we take entries in on Wednesday and he won’t be there. He made things just be more fun.” ~ Esther White
“Nick was such a charming person, a ready smile on his face, and always willing to lend a helping help. Nick made you feel welcomed when you entered a crowded room.” ~ Gretchen Wolf
“He always had a smile and a kind word, and a hand to lend if you ever needed anything.” ~ Ryann Chapman
“He always called me Gramma and said he was younger than me. Not so. He was three years older.” ~ Dory
“Nick always put the sun flowers up and one year he was trying to get them done when he hit the fan and took off the top of the sunflowers. We taped the top back on. Luckily, we had already measured it. Also, Nick always had a joke for everything.”
~ Ronda McCask
“When Nick worked in the Auxiliary store, our sales went up. He called in people walking by and they rarely left empty handed. I will miss seeing his white and red dump truck driving around Middlefield. He always gave a honk and with a big smile and wave! I never heard him complain, we were all surprised after he died to learn he had been ill for a while. If I ever needed him, I would go to his “office”, Linda’s Restaurant, to find him at lunch.” ~ Linda Smallwood