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Roger Thomas Loschen

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Roger Thomas LOSCHEN Roger passed away on April 3, 2011. Born June 15, 1932, in Sunnyside, WA, to Peter T. and Theta M. (Bussert) Loschen. His parents, brother Leslie R. Loschen, and sister Janice M. (Loschen) Miller, are deceased. Survived by beloved wife Patricia L. (Razzeto) Loschen; son Christopher T. Loschen, wife Alexandra Golden of Holliston, MA; son Matthew G. Loschen, wife Gretchen (Freed) Loschen (Jennifer and Heather) of Redmond, WA; and son Daniel P. Loschen, wife Lisa Richtmann (Peter and Juliette) of Winchester, MA. He attended UW on an NROTC scholarship and received his BA in journalism and his commission in 1953. He served in the Navy from 1953 to 1956. He worked on the copy desk at the Seattle Times, eventually moving to the feature department, the Sunday magazine and Rotogravure. His attention to detail and the intricacies of language was prodigious. He left the Times in 1960 to become director of public relations at Everett Junior College, where he worked 14 years. Later he was the PR officer for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Puyallup Fair. He was accredited by the PR Society of America in 1978, then served on the state chapter, fostering competence and ethics in the profession. After moving to Lake Forest Park in 1971, he served five terms on the City Council and one as mayor, 22 years in elective office. Later, he served on the Boundary Review Board to the end of his life. Roger loved young children, treating them all with the love that he showed to his own grandchildren. The depth of love and caring he shared with his wife over their 54-year marriage is an inspiration to us all. A memorial service will be held at the LFP Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1:30 pm. The family would prefer donations to UNICEF or local children's charities in lieu of flowers.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 8, 2011
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