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Rudyard Loose

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Rudyard Loose

Rudyard Kerwood "Bud" Loose died at his daughter's home in Littleton on April 6, 2018.

He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Humboldt, Kan., to Dr. Frank and Dorthea Loose. He grew up in several small Kansas towns and graduated from Newton High School in 1944.

Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees (naval construction force) and was deployed to the western Pacific. He was part of the island-hopping campaign to defeat Japan and he participated in the invasion of Okinawa. After the war, he returned home to Newton, Kan., but he missed the Navy. He re-enlisted as an electronics technician and was assigned to several ships and some remote locations.

On June 25, 1951, he married Loretta Russell. They moved to assignments in Albuquerque, N.M., Fort Campbell, Ky., Yorktown, Va., Washington, D.C., Naval Station San Miguel and Transmitter/Receiver Site Tarlac in the Philippines, San Diego, Calif., and Argentia, Newfoundland. He did two deployments on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany during the Vietnam war.

He retired from the Navy in August 1969 and the family moved to Newton, Kan. After two years in Newton they moved to Cory so he could be near the Grand Mesa.

After retirement he worked for the Delta County government and he and his wife ran an H&R Block office.

In August 2008, he moved to Littleton to live with his daughter.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (Carol) and Mark (Nancy); daughter, Sheila (Harley); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Cory Cemetery.

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