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William Losen
April 30, 1931 - December 30, 2017

William H. “Bill” Losen, 86, of Hazleton passed away on Saturday December 30, 2017 at Grandview HealthCare Center in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 3-6 PM on Thursday January 4, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with an American Legion memorial service beginning at 6:00 pm led by Ross Reid Post #9 of Oelwein.  There will also be visitation from 10-11 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein on Friday January 5, 2018 with services beginning at 11 AM.  Burial will be at a later date in Decorah, Iowa.  Memorials may be directed to Fontana Park in Hazleton or the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.

Bill was born on April 30, 1931 in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Phillip and Bertha (Teslow) Losen. He grew up in the Decorah area graduating from Decorah High School in 1949. He continued his education at Luther College in Decorah, where he played football, graduating in 1956. On December 27, 1967 he was united in marriage with Maxine Groskurth at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Bill enlisted in the U. S. Army on January 19, 1951 and served during the Korean War in the winter of 1951. He was honorably discharge on April 15, 1957.  Bill was a teacher at Oelwein High School for 34 years where he taught Science, Chemistry and Biology. Bill enjoyed his winter trips to Mexico, teacher and veteran conventions and running the downs marker at the Oelwein football games.

He is survived by his wife Maxine of Hazleton; nieces: Holly Losen and Lisa Lowell; nephews: Noel (Connie) Losen and Richard Lowell; brothers in-law: Wilhelm (Gwen) Groskurth, George Groskurth and Walter Groskurth; and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Phillip Losen and his wife Margaret and Alden Losen; a sister Francis and her husband Russell Lowell; brother in-law Leon and his wife Dorothy Groskurth and sister in-law Margery Groskurth.


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Dick and Marcia Wakeford on January 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM said:

Very sorry to hear of Bills passing away, may he rest in peace.
Cletus Herold on January 5, 2018 at 10:17 AM said:

Bill and I were best friends as boys and young men and we have remained friends. Bill is one of the special people in my life and he will remain special to me for as long as I live.
Alice Stanek on January 4, 2018 at 5:28 PM said:

Science was never my thing in school, but Mr. Losen made biology interesting. I ended up taking extra science classes in college. So sorry for you loss.
Jeff and Rhonda Gearhart on January 4, 2018 at 10:08 AM said:

Maxine...so sorry for your loss. We are sure you have many good memories of Bill. Jeff had him for Chemistry and it was the only science class he ever enjoyed. Rhonda remembers having you for home-ec classes.
Gene & Hazel Loomis on January 3, 2018 at 10:42 PM said:

We want to express our condolences Maxine, and know that he has gone to be with the Lord. Bless you at this time of loss.
Mary Thiele Fobian on January 3, 2018 at 8:26 PM said:

Rest in Peace.
Susan Teufel Llewellyn on January 3, 2018 at 1:07 PM said:

Most of what I know about chemistry and physics I learned from Mr.Losen. He was a great teacher. And boy did we have fun giggling about our Chemistry teacher marrying the Home Ec teacher during our junior year. Guess that worked out quite well. Thinking of you Maxine.
Sheryl Gosse on January 3, 2018 at 9:04 AM said:

Maxine: Sorry for your loss. Never had Bill as a teacher but always a friendly teacher and quiet. He lived a good life and enjoyed his ventures, travels. Cherish the memories.
Dick Arndt on January 2, 2018 at 7:01 PM said:

Prayers and thoughts to the Losen family, Mr. Losen was a great teacher and Mrs. Losen was a class favorite of the class of 1983 boys basketball team, Prayers are with you
Delphine Deaner on January 2, 2018 at 5:50 PM said:

My sympathies at this time of loss. Bill was my chemistry teacher
David Beier on January 2, 2018 at 3:32 PM said:

Prayers of comfort and support during this time of loss. I have fond memories of Mr. Losen and appreciate his mentorship and love of science in shaping not only mine but countless students he came in contact with. God Bless him and his family.
Ann Jens on January 2, 2018 at 11:59 AM said:

So sorry for your loss Maxine.
Mike Lorenz on January 2, 2018 at 7:07 AM said:

I am terribly sorry to hear of Mr. Losen's passing. I enjoyed his classes and the occasions when I would run into him when visiting, he was always warm and friendly. Mrs. Losen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim Klatt on January 2, 2018 at 6:38 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. I remember Mr. Losen as a great science teacher, one who cared about his students learning. Rest in peace Mr. Losen.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on January 2, 2018 at 6:23 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences. Bill was good guy & good teacher. May he rest in peace.

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