May 13, 1959 – Jan. 22, 2016
Thomas J. Lougen, who survived on dialysis treatments three times a week for 13 years, died Friday in his Getzville home. He was 56.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Dodge Elementary School and Heim Elementary and Middle schools. He was a 1977 graduate of Williamsville North High School and earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Erie Community College North.
Mr. Lougen worked as a painter and laborer for Pierce and Pierce, doing maintenance work on rental homes, until he suffered kidney failure in 2002 and lost his right leg at the knee due to the ailment.
He enjoyed fishing and camping in Allegany State Park and tending his apple trees. He was especially proud of his brother, Father Louis R. Lougen, who is superior general of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Rome, Italy.
In addition to his brother, survivors include two other brothers, James and Martin; and a sister, Kathleen.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 348 Porter Ave.