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.