James "Jim" R. Loseke

May 21, 1936-June 9, 2019

James "Jim" R. Loseke, 83, of Columbus, died Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Morys Haven in Columbus.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Patrick Sparling and Rev. Chris Ramstad officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery in rural Columbus. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or School, Lutheran Hour, or family choice.

James R. Loseke was born on May 21, 1936, to Leonard and Minnie (Schaad) Loseke in Platte County. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Columbus. Jim graduated from Kramer High School (now Columbus High School) in 1955. While attending school, he also worked on his family farm.

Jim joined the Air National Guard and served from Oct. 24, 1958, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 23, 1964. On Oct. 27, 1962, Jim married Judith Pillen in Topeka, Kansas. During that time, Jim was employed at Dales Electronics. The couple raised three children together and resided in Columbus, living in the home they built in 1963.

Jim owned and operated Loseke Drywall for 45 years. He was a member of the Homebuilders Association of Columbus for many years. Jim was a true craftsman of his trade, and took pride in the quality of his work. After he retired, Jim continued helping friends and family with home projects by sharing his skill and knowledge.

Jim was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus, a lifetime member of AMVET, and a member of the VFW in Columbus. During his early years, Jim also served as baseball commissioner for the Little League Baseball Majors in Columbus.

Known as a man of few words, Jim was a simple, honest, and hardworking business man. These values carried him well in life, as he built many strong friendships.

After retirement, Jim looked forward to playing cards with coffee buddies each morning. The farmer in Jim never left. He had many interests, but mostly enjoyed working outside nurturing his yard and garden. He also enjoyed pheasant hunting, watching Husker sports, horse racing, and the Indianapolis 500 car racing. However, Jim's greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his strong devotion to family.

Jim is survived by wife, Judy Loseke of Columbus; son, Dave Loseke of Elkhorn; daughter, Carla (Robert) Andreessen of Omaha; daughter, Deb (A. J.) Walton of Plattsmouth; seven grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Loseke of Columbus.

James was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Minnie Loseke; daughter-in-law, Susan Loseke; brother, Carroll Loseke; sister, Arnella Biggs; infant brother.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com

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