Robert Roy Lohse, Sr., 92, of Prairie Village, Kansas died Thursday, February 20, 2014.
He was born April 11, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska to the late William Frederick Lohse and Margaretha Baumgartner Lohse. He graduated from Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1939 and the University of Nebraska in 1943 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served as a Lieutenant JG in the U. S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was a licensed professional engineer and worked for Ingersoll Rand, and then as a manufacturer’s representative for Perry Equipment and Maxim Silencers until his retirement. He was a member of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, and a Life Member of University of Nebraska Alumni Association.
He was married to Jane Bird Lohse on December 2, 1944 in Savannah, Georgia. She preceded him in death by nine days. He is survived by his son Dr. Robert R. Lohse, Jr. and wife Kathy of Topeka, Kansas; son William Bird Lohse and wife Cindy of Fort Smith, Arkansas; grandson Dr. Matthew Bird Lohse and wife Dr. Sarah Foss of San Francisco, California; granddaughter Dr. Alison Lohse Hughes and husband Jesse L. Hughes of Benton, Arkansas; granddaughter Jane Lauren Lohse of New York City, New York; granddaughter Catherine Paige Lohse of Lawrence, Kansas; grandson Robert R. Lohse, III of New York City, New York; brother-in-law Walter M. Bird, Jr. of Stowe, Massachusetts; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Captain (Ret.) William Martin Lohse.
A memorial service with a reception immediately following will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. Private interment will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Village Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Lohse. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
Bob, Bill, and family:
I am so sorry for the loss of your parents, and my good friends. Due to my own health issues I was unable to attend the service and I
am truly sorry. They were wonderful people and gave much more than they took in life. I am not surprised that they went to heaven almost at the same. God bless you all.
Sincerely, Sam Ashley