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Francis M. Loomis

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – Francis M. Loomis, 98, of Dixon, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Heritage Square in Dixon.

He was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Geneva, to Clayton E. and Hazel M. (Bowman) Loomis. He married F. Marie Fechtler on Dec. 1, 1944, while they both were stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. She preceded him in death in 1982.

He graduated from Dixon High School. He was employed by the Dixon Post Office until he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. Following the service, he returned to the Dixon Post Office, and became the postmaster in 1971, where he continued until retirement.

Francis was a member of Lee County Senior Center. He also held the first chair position as a violinist with the Dixon Symphony Orchestra for many years. He was proud of the fact that he found the mail pouch that was dropped by Charles Lindbergh over Dixon.

He had been a member of Bethel Church in Dixon, where he had taught Sunday school for many years, and had been the choir director. He wrote and copyrighted more than 84 hymns. He was multitalented in music, having played many different instruments, including the harmonica. He enjoyed traveling and hunting. He loved to garden, and always was a practical joker. He also was an avid Bible reader.

He is survived by two daughters, Joanna L. (Steve) Cureton of Treasure Island, Fla., and Susan M. Bechard of Marana, Ariz.; a son, Dr. Francis M. (Janet) Loomis II of Coal Valley; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sons, Phillip Francis Loomis and Joseph E. Loomis; a son-in-law, Joseph Bechard; three brothers, Clayton E., Joseph, and Ralph J. Loomis; and a sister, Hazel Hall.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. Randy Sizemore officiating. Interment, with full military honors accorded by the Dixon combined veterans organizations, will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Heritage Square in Dixon.

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