Remembering Steve Lohr

Steve Lohr passed away this past week. Following are two recollections from Virginia friends/colleagues. Please keep the Lohr/Davis families in your prayers during this difficult time. View his obituary.

Steve Lohr

I suspect that most, if not all of you, have already heard that the Eastern Region lost someone very special on Tuesday afternoon.  I know that each of you have memories of your time spent with Steve.  For me personally, in addition to being a constant at  Virginia tournaments, teaching me how to be a proper boat judge, and administering my test to become a Regular slalom judge, Steve provided indispensable guidance, support, and encouragement in my roles as Va. Federation President, Va. Councilperson, and EVP.  For these things and many others, I will always be grateful for my time spent with him and appreciate all that he did for the greater water ski community.   

I’m sure the Lohr/Davis family would appreciate hearing about your memories, many of which you’ve already shared on Facebook.  If you’d like to express your condolences and share your memories in person, the arrangements are as follows:

Visitation: Sunday, April 21, between 6-8pm, at Storke Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427; funeral services: Monday, April 22, at 11am, Salem Baptist Church, 24032 Sparta Road, Milford, VA 22514.

Warm regards,
Karen Melnik

Dear Virginia water ski friends,

I am deeply saddened to learn that Steve Lohr passed away on Wednesday of this week. For 50+ years, Steve demonstrated his deep commitment to the sport we love through judging, driving, hosting record capable tournaments (free of charge!), holding several officer positions, and providing tow boats over the years for many Virginia tournaments. He supported his children and grandchildren at tournaments near and far (including on other continents). 

What I’ll remember most about Steve was his friendly, warm nature; always greeting me at tournaments with a smile and firm handshake. When I was a newcomer to the waterski tournament scene nearly a decade ago, Steve made me feel like a part of the Virginia water ski ‘family’ in short order. Just last Fall, he invited me into his home where he proctored the practical exam for my regular slalom judgeship. I will truly miss Steve!

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 21, between 6-8pm, at Storke Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427; and a funeral service on Monday, April 22, at 11am, Salem Baptist Church, 24032 Sparta Road, Milford, VA 22514.

Please keep the Lohr/Davis families in your prayers during this difficult time.

— John Wilson

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