Robert Daniel Loose

August 25, 1934 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Robert Loose Obituary

Robert Daniel Loose, 89, formerly of Leesport, died January 23, 2024 in Kutztown, where he had resided since 1960. 

Born August 25, 1934 in Reading, PA, he was a son of the late Raymond D. and Ruth C. (Mengel) Loose.

He was married July 16, 1960 to the late JoAnn Kathryn (Knowles) Loose (1937-2023).

Robert was a 1952 graduate of Ontelaunee High School; 1957 Kutztown State Teachers College; and received his master’s degree from Lehigh University in 1961.

He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. From the United States Army.

Robert was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Kutztown.

He was employed for 36 years with Kutztown School District, where he began as a 6th grade teacher, and quickly advanced serving as the principal at Kutztown Elementary School. Robert was also a member of the educators' fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa. Additionally, Mr. Loose was the head coach of the girl’s high school tennis team for 13 years, before his retirement in 1993.  He was later inducted into the Kutztown High School Sports Hall of Fame (2010) with excellent results within the division and Berks County. 

Robert was a life member and served as volunteer officer of the USTA (United States Tennis Association); and inducted into the BCTA Hall of Fame in 2003 (Berks County Tennis Association). As a player himself, Robert held multiple sectional and national rankings in addition to his coaching achievements.

He is survived by two sons: Kenneth R., husband of Tresa K. (King) Loose, of Celina, Texas; and Jonathan R. Loose of Kutztown.

Robert was the proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren: Alexander K. Loose; Alyssa A. Loose; Chad, husband of Sharon Hoya; Ryon, wife of Bryce Fowler; and Kenly, wife of William Wimberley; and 9 great grandchildren: Geno Schwalen, Madelyn Hoya, Madyson Hoya, Colt Hoya, Jaxon Fowler, Bryn Fowler, Warren Wimberley, Levi Wimberley, and Carter Wimberley.

He is also survived by three younger siblings: Margaret E. Loose, of Leesport; Janet, wife of Dale Wilson of Leesport; and Miriam, widow of Fred Schearer of Kutztown.

Robert was also predeceased by his older sister, Nancy R. Kauffman, and her husband, David.

Services will be held Monday, January 29th at 11:00 am in Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale.  A viewing will be held Monday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Burial will be in Laureldale Cemetery.

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January 29, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.
3300 Kutztown Road
Laureldale, PA 19605

Funeral Service
January 29, 2024

11:00 AM
Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.
3300 Kutztown Road
Laureldale, PA 19605

January 29, 2024

12:00 PM
Laureldale Cemetery
4631 Pottsville Pike
Reading, PA 19605


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