STERLING – John P. Loos, 76, of Sterling, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Coventry Gardens Facility. He was employed by John M. Frey Co. for more than 35 years before retiring.
John was born Aug. 30, 1936, in Sterling, the son of John D. and Lillian Loos. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1954. He served in the Army in 1956 and 1957. He married Sandra Fiest on Sept. 14, 1957, and had been married for 55 years.
John helped his son, Breck, begin a long, successful business with the NAPA organization. He helped for the last 18 years in all facets of the business growth and success in his life. He will continue to watch over all his family from the great heaven above.
John had created a friendship over his lifetime with so many different friends from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida, and all in between. He had a salesman-type personality that could strike up a conversation with everybody. You just knew where you stood with John, and he loved sharing his stories with everyone that he came into contact with. It goes without saying, that all of us who knew John could remember numerous stories and good times that John participated in. He loved Sterling High School and the wonderful history of athletics at his alma mater.
John was the third generation of Looses, his daughter and son were the fourth, and his grandchildren being the fifth. He was so proud of and loved talking about the Loos tradition. John was a loving husband and never got tired of talking about his grandchildren. He loved to play baseball and played during his early years. He was an avid golfer and loved the Chicago Cubs.
John was an active member of First Congregational Church in Sterling, now known as the Big Red Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy; two children, Debra Hughes of Fort Myers, Fla., and Breck (Sheri) Loos of Sterling; nine grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Daniel, and Jamie Hughes, and Shanna, Kaitlin, Tyler, Krista, and Megan Loos; three sisters, Barbara Higar and Betty (Terry) Wescom, both of Machesney Park, and Nancy (Dan) Sage of Fort Atkinson, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Christina Loos; and his parents, John D. and Lillian Loos.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m. today and the funeral at noon today at the Big Red Church in Sterling with the Rev. Jeff Coester, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established.
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