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George Looby dies at 88

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George Looby, long time resident of Chesterton, passed away October 13, 2008 at VNA Hospice in Valparaiso. He was 88.

He was born February 11, 1920 in Chicago, the son of Robert Lee and Vitta (Staal) Looby, both of whom preceded him in death.

Known to his family and many friends as “George”, he is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, June Wallace Looby and many loving friends.

George graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. He participated in Minor League Baseball in Peoria, Ill. prior to enlisting in the United States Army shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Serving as a Tank Commander in the Pacific Theater for over four years, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant at the end of the war. After the war he was employed by Standard Oil-Amoco-BP, retiring in 1978.

After retirement George and June Looby relocated to Chesterton where he enjoyed gardening, photography, vintage automobiles, travel and most of all, spending time with his many friends. George was an avid story teller and had a wonderful sense of humor, often entertaining his friends with jokes. He was endowed with a warm and generous spirit, and loved helping others. He had a gift for making friends and never knew a stranger for long. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Chicago Bears and Cubs. He will be much missed by all his many friends.

Services will be privately held. Friends and family are planning a memorial service to honor George’s memory. The family asks that donations be made to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso or the Chesterton Art Center. Arrangements are being handled by White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton. For information, call 926-1309.

 

Posted 10/15/2008