US Navy Veteran and artist of Southwestern pottery Mata Ortiz and Casa Grandes style, John Leroy Lochbaum went to meet his Maker on Wednesday, June 13 at the VA Hospital in Durham, NC in the presence of his family. John painted, practiced native carving and beadwork and studied pottery under master craftsman, Juan Quesada in Mexico. He was awarded the Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Award in 2003. Since then John taught pottery in public schools and community programs and private lessons out of his studio, Sky Spirit. He was an avid hunter and made some of the best venison you ever tasted. John spent the last year of his life defying cancer by taking long trips on his beloved motorcycle, swimming with alligators in the Blue Lagoon in Florida, snorkeling with manatees, making art and exploring mysteries of the Grand Canyon throughout the Southwest.
Raised in Buffalo, NY, John was the younger brother of the late Karen Koziel (Mike) and big brother to Michael T. Lochbaum of Houston, TX, Donna M.Ferraro (Dave) of Norfolk, VA, Laura Rennells (Doug) of Grand Island, NY, Lisa Petry of Norfolk, VA, Richard H. Lochbaum of Hamburg, NY, Darla Luna (Praxedes) of Amherst, NY, Douglas Lochbaum (Racquel) of Kenmore, NY, Andrew J. Lochbaum of Virginia Beach, VA,. He is survived by his four children, Alexandra Harper, John-Henry Lochbaum (Blair), Lauren Lochbaum, and Anna Lochbaum, two granddaughters, Peyton and Addison Lochbaum, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his cat, Trouble II. Family and friends will be present at the memorial service on Saturday, July 21 at 4:00 PM at East Rock Community Church at 308 Front St., Roxboro, NC 27573.