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Claude Frederick "Budd" Loesch, 82, died Jan. 4, 2013, at his home in Beacon Woods, Fla.
He was born to Gordon Edward and Geraldine Laura Loesch on Nov. 28, 1930 at his grandparents’ home in Erie, Pa. He grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, and was reared by his mother and stepfather, Richard Whitaker, on the family farm. At 15, he ran away and joined the Army, after convincing recruiters he was 17. He served nearly a year before being sent home and was paid to finish high school under the GI Bill.
Mr. Loesch then began his dream job of training horses, and trained and showed horses for various owners in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He married Phyllis Corbett in 1950 in Ashtabula.
During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Loesch served with the U.S. Air Force 6002nd Air Intelligence Group. He was honorably discharged at Eglin Air Force Base in 1955. In 1960, he married Kay Pickard Eighmy from Ashtabula.
Mr. Loesch began his newspaper career at the Ashtabula Star Beacon as staff photographer. In 1970 he joined the Ketchikan Daily News in the production department and attended First Baptist Church.
While in Ketchikan, he coached the Ketchikan Little League Tournament team and took the state championship trophy in 1977. He and Larry Erickson "took the team to the Regional Little League Tournament in San Bernadino, Calif., where they won two of three tournament games and returned to Ketchikan as sports heroes," his family writes. Mr. Loesch became the publisher of The Cordova Times and The Valdez Star in 1980.
He and his wife Kay published the weekly Chehalis News in Washington state for two years, until 1982.
In 1984, Mr. Loesch relocated to Bayonet Point, Fla., where he later retired.
Mr. Loesch was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; infant son, Phillip Thomas Loesch; and granddaughter, Sarah Jane Loesch.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; sister, Jerie Leigh (Ed) Pickard of Jefferson, Ohio; sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Anne of Petersburg, Randy and Kathy of Oshkosh, Wis., Tom and Rebecca of Anacortes, Wash., and Jerry and Sandi of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Feb. 2, 2013, at Beacon Baptist Church in Hudson, Fla. Mr. Loesch’s remains are interred at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson. Memorial contributions may be sent to Beacon Baptist Church, 13343 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL 34667.