Loretta was born Nov. 6, 1924, in Laurel, Neb., the daughter of William and Hilda (Carlson) Koch. Loretta moved to Sioux City in her early adult life where she found and married her lifelong companion Merlin "Bud" Muecke.
Loretta cherished the time that she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where she served many years as a Lamplighter and member of the Ladies Aid.
She was an avid fisherman and loved to go camping. Her favorite pastime in the summer was to watch the Minnesota Twins, she was a very faithful fan of her boys.
Survivors include her husband, Merlin "Bud" of Hinton; four daughters, Sue Binnebose and her husband, Dennis, of Norfolk, Neb.; Nancy Muecke and special friend, Doug Howe, of Sioux City; Patty Young and her husband, Ed, of Iowa City; Mary Muecke and special friend Jeanne Berg, of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Faith (Young) Raiford, Ben Young, Heather (Young) Roberts, Adam Young, Erica (Young) Moore, Leah (Binnebose) Olberding, and Mark Binnebose; 10 great-grandchildren and three sisters Marie Goettsch, Wilma Schoen, Evelyn Helgersen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Mark and siblings, Leonard Koch, Cecelia Joslin, Minnie (Lucille) Poling, Doris Strong, Robert (Bob) Koch and William (Bill) Koch.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. The Rev. Steven Stoll will officiate. Inurnment of her ashes will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume one hour prior to service Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to Lutheran Hour Ministries or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.