Hermann F. W. Loose
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Hermann F. W. Loose
  • May 2, 1925 - January 11, 2017
  • Keswick, Virginia

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Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm Loose, 91 of Keswick, Virginia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family. Hermann was born on May 2, 1925 in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Karl Loose.



Hermann was a husband, father, grandfather and a respected farmer. He was a Swiss Immigrant who persevered during WWII and immigrated to America to live his dream. He was a proud American and loved the Blue Ridge Mountains.



He was preceded in death by his sister Doralis Loose Rufenacht, and her husband Willie, his sister-in-law, Louise Haney, and her husband Milton, his brother-in-law, William Gibson and his wife Alma, and his brothers -in-law Luther Gibson and Verley Gibson.



He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Gibson Loose and their two daughters, Mary Loose DeViney and her husband John, and Frieda Loose-Wagner and her husband Michael, and two grandsons Hunter and Tyler whom he loved very much.



He is also survived by sisters-in-law Nancy Gibson and Peggy Gibson and many nieces and nephews.



He was a graduate of Agriculture School in Switzerland. When he came to the United States, he became the farm manager of Cloverhill Farm and Oakdale in Keswick Virginia. He did so proudly for over 30 years. Hermann raised Black Angus cattle, was a member of the Virginia Angus Association, Farm Bureau, and a constant collaborator with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency; he was also a championship bowler with Mountain Bowl. He was a lifetime member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club and served in leadership positions. He was always proud to lead them in singing, America, My Country Tis of Thee. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, an Honorary Member of the Keswick Hunt Club, and member of Grace Episcopal Church-Cismont having served on the vestry.



After retiring from farming, he was well known in the Charlottesville community as the "gate keeper" at the Jefferson National Bank Parking Lot. He spent his last years at The Laurel’s suffering from Dementia. The family would like to thank the Staff at the Laurels and Dr. Jonathan Evans for their dedication and care of Hermann (Popa) while he was there, and to Legacy Hospice.



The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Teague Funeral Home.



A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Teague Chapel. Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens.



Pall bearers will be Mr. Mike Wagner, Mr. Hunter Loose, Mr. Tyler Wagner, and Mr. John DeViney,



Members of the Albemarle Ruritan Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.



In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Benevolence Fund, First Christian Church, 3285 Keswick Road, Keswick, VA 22947 or to Grace Episcopal Church-All Saints Chapel, Post Office Box 43, Keswick, VA 22947.