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Dietrich "Dieter" Loeper

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Loeper, Dietrich "Dieter"
85, Long time and well known resident of Carefree , Dieter Loeper peacefully passed away on April, 19,2013, in the beautiful garden setting of the Shea Hospice of the Valley. He is survived by his wife Susanne of 37 years, two sons, Rick and Jerry, his two step sons , Ron and Larry, and step daughter Marie. Dietrich was born in 1926 and raised in Germany. His father was a University Professor, teaching mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. Dietrich would follow his father around to the various labs after hours, where his father tirelessly explained all the many aspects of the different subjects. Dieter never lost his curiosity and interest in all phases of education. When he was 10 years old, his father took him to the fair, where he saw, and rode in a Graf Zeppelin dirigible. From that day forward he became obsessed with flying. He later became a proficient pilot, specializing in motorless gliders, holding many State and National awards . Dieter came to the U.S. in 1953, and became a U.S. citizen. He attended Pace Business College in New York, became a CPA, and eventually was approached by a banker who was involved in a venture in the Southwest. Some businessmen had formed a partnership, and were developing a new town, to be called "CAREFREE"…he was intrigued, came for the job, and eventually became deeply involved in the project. The first phase was to develop a huge piece of their property called Carefree Ranch, which today is better known as Desert Mountain. He was especially happy to find the partnership wished to build their own Airport, and over the years has flown countless hours in his beloved planes, taken up many a happy passenger. After the town matured, his work was done. He had found and married his true love, Susanne, and for the next 38 years was busy with his practice. He became very involved in town affairs, serving on the first Town Council, became a helpful member of the Kiwanis Club, and has received many awards from that organization, from the Town, and supported his favorite group, the Arizona Musicfest. He was a grateful member of his beloved Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, where his life will be celebrated this Sunday, May 5 at 1:30pm, with a reception following the service.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 4, 2013
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