William Martin "Buzz'' Loeschman
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December 21, 1942 – February 12, 2019
William Loeschman, known as Buzz since birth, of Angleton, Texas died Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Buzz was born on December 21, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas to Albert J. and Dorothy M. Loeschman, the second of 3 children. He was baptized on June 27, 1943. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio in 1960. Buzz attended junior college at Concordia College, Austin, from 1962-1963 and then graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska in May of 1965. It was at Concordia Seward that he met his future wife, Quinta Sanders, whom he married on August 7, 1965. Buzz earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Valparaiso University in 1971.
Upon graduation from Concordia Seward, Buzz taught 5th grade at St. John’s Lutheran School in La Porte, Indiana. Along with his teaching duties, he served as Athletic Director and head coach of the school’s various sports teams. In 1971 Buzz and Quinta were blessed with their only child, a son named Matthew. In 1981, the family moved back to Texas where Buzz began working at BASF Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas. He started work as a technician in the new Acrylic Acid plant. Fifteen years later, he was chosen to be a member of the Industrial Hygiene team. His new responsibilities included monitoring the health and safety of the technicians working in all the Freeport plants at BASF. Buzz soon became the captain of the TRACER Team, the off-site emergency response team. Along with his regular duties, he served in this position until his retirement in 2004.
Buzz was a faithful member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson since 1981 and served as Elder, communion assistant, usher and member of the choir.
Buzz leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Quinta of Angleton, Texas, and son Matt Loeschman of Peoria, Arizona. He also leaves behind a brother, the Reverend Albert J. Loeschman and his wife Jerene, of Bastrop, Texas and a sister, Marian F. Trammell of San Antonio. He is also survived by cousins, niece and nephews Angie Heitmeier of Grand Prairie, Nathan Loeschman of Houston, Joel Loeschman of Bastrop, and Jade Trammell of San Antonio. One nephew, Ty Trammell, passed prior to Buzz.
As a child Buzz loved all animals. It was not unusual to find snakes, horned toads, turtles, and other “pets” in various cages in the Loeschman backyard or under the kitchen table.
He was also a sports fan from a very early age and became a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan as the San Antonio Missions were a farm team of the Cubs when he was a child. It is not difficult to imagine how thrilled he was when the Cubs finally won a World Series (2016) in his lifetime. Buzz began bowling when he was 8 or 9 years old and soon found that he was very good at this sport. He worked at a bowling center in San Antonio his senior year in high school and also the following year, opting not to go to college right away as he believed he could be a success on the professional bowling tour. Things changed and he never realized this dream as he decided to attend college the next year. Buzz always maintained that he could have “made it” on the tour had God not led him in a better direction.
Buzz was always very active and began running long distance in the late 1970s. He ran many half marathons and in 1981 completed the Hinsdale Full Marathon in Illinois. After moving back to Texas, Buzz began cycling. Many miles were logged with the Pearland Cycle Club of which Buzz was a member. In 2005 and 2006 he completed the MS150, a 150 mile cycling race from Houston to Austin.
A few years after Buzz’s father passed away, his mother married Oscar Baker. OB worked for the FAA and was an amateur radio operator. In 1978 Buzz’s mom, brother, and he all obtained their “ham” licenses. This event gave Buzz the hobby he could pursue in many ways. He enjoyed going on vacations where he took his portable ham equipment and made contacts with people all around the world. At the time of his passing Buzz had worked all of the radio “entities” in the world except for two (North Korea and Scarborough Reef). In 1986 Buzz began assisting radio stations in parts of the world that did not have good postal services. His help allowed stations to confirm contacts with some rare and semi-rare countries. He wished he had kept track of all the stations he assisted as they must have numbered over 100. At the time of his death Buzz was still helping one of the stations that he began assisting back in 1986. In 2012 Buzz was honored as QSL manager of the year, a worldwide accomplishment given for his devotion to the stations he assisted and to ham radio in general. Ham radio helped Buzz to make numerous friends and visit many beautiful places around the world.
Another of the things that Buzz enjoyed greatly was singing with the Houston Lutheran Chorale. He and Quinta sang with the group for over 20 years. Buzz also served as President and Vice President of the Chorale. One of the many highlights of membership in the Chorale was a trip to England in 2000 to sing as the featured chorale at the Coventry Music Festival in Coventry, England.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, Lake Jackson, Texas – Building Fund
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