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Harold B. (Hal) Loomis

Harold B. (Hal) Loomis, 92, died January 22, 2016 at his Manhattan Beach home. Born in Wisconsin and raised in South Dakota, Hal moved to California in 1943. After WWII, Hal returned to the South Bay, where he met and married Joan Straka. In 1952, they bought the Manhattan Beach home where they raised their family. Joan passed away in 2009 and Hal remained in their home until his death.
A lifelong love of aircraft led Hal into the aerospace industry and fueled his personal passion for flying. A certified aircraft mechanic and licensed pilot, Hal took pride in his Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, which he rebuilt from military surplus. For many years, he was on the contest committee for the Reno Air Races. Hal was also proud of his service as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, a reservist and a member of the California Civil Air Patrol.
Surviving Hal are his daughters: Catha (spouse: Mary Anne Joyce) of Portland, OR; Cindy of Santa Monica, CA; and Jan of Chino Valley, AZ; and his granddaughter, Jordan Baetzel. A beloved father, grandfather, uncle, friend and neighbor, he will be dearly missed.
No formal services are planned. Hal will be buried later this year at Black Hills National Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published in Daily Breeze from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2016
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