Richard Edward Loos
1948 - 2020
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10/6/1948 - 7/14/2020

Richard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma to DeLasso and Billie Nell Loos, the second of five children. He died of sudden heart failure, July 14, 2020, in Rockport, Texas. His father, DeLasso, had been a World War II reconnaissance pilot in the Pacific. Patriotic duty was learned early on. Richard graduated 1966 from Durango High School then attended New Mexico Military Institute. In 1968 Richard enlisted in the US Army, going on to complete helicopter pilot training and graduation from Ft. Rucker, Alabama 1968, as a Chief Warrant Officer. He was deployed to Tay Ninh Province, South Viet Nam 1969, where he served with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation, 269th Combat Battalion, known as "The Crusaders". Upon his return to the US in 1970, Richard served as a TAC Officer (Training, Advisory, Counseling) at Ft Wolters, Texas. In May 1970 he married Brenda Furlow. The couple moved back to Durango after his honorable discharge from the US Army. Richard obtained a BA degree from Ft Lewis College in 1973. He was employed by Amarillo Hospital District, where his beloved son, Caleb Edward Loos, was born. The family relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 1978, and Richard was employed by IBM. His later years were spent in Rockport, enjoying the coastal lifestyle, fishing, and sports cars. He was preceded in death by parents DeLasso and Billie Loos, brother Robert Loos, sister, Anita Zellitti, wife, Peggy Loos.

He is survived by his son Caleb (Tiffany) Loos, brother Colonel (ret) Phillip (Sharon) Loos, sister in law, Debbie Rowe, sister, Kim, first wife, Brenda Furlow, partner, Lisa Loos, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Cremation has occurred. A private memorial will be held later this summer. Richard will be remembered as a kind gentleman who always wanted the best for those he treasured.



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Published in The Durango Herald on Jul. 27, 2020.
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September 26, 2020
I am Kenneth Archuleta, and I remember growing up with Richard in Durango Colorado. I remember all our school years and when we both graduated 1966 . I eas deeply saddened to hear about my friends passing and I offer my condolences to his family, made God watch over Richard and his family .
Respectfully, Ken .....
Kenneth (Archie) Archuleta
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August 13, 2020
Thought I just sent a remembrance, but apparently didn't get electronically delivered.
Richard was a true American hero; not just for his continuous bravery in Viet Nam, but for the way he lived life. He was a man of great honor and fine humor. Carry on C.W.O. until we again meet.
David Watkins
Classmate
August 13, 2020
Richard was a fine man of the highest caliber. Although we graduated together from DHS in 1966, we never talked until years later. Our common bond was that we both served in the United States military in Southeast Asia/Vietnam.
Though his obituary mentions his service in the war, the medals he won for bravery in the face of the enemy would take more space than reserved here. Suffice to say that his military decorations were many and profound. He was a true American Hero as well as an honorable, loyal and humorous man.
David Watkins
Classmate
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