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Kenneth A. Loesch

The life of Kenneth Arnold Loesch came to an end on the morning of Friday, Nov. 4, at his home in Eau Claire, Wis.He passed peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with heart disease and chronic pain.

Ken was born in Red Wing, Minn. on May 1, 1946, and lived his early life in Hastings, Minn.

He is survived by his partner, Kim Peterson, their daughter Eliana Chen; and daughter Cassidy Loesch (with Jone Johnson Miller), who are left in immense grief at the loss of their life companion and beloved father.He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Loesch; his siblings, Judy (Louie) Langenfeld, Joyce (Dan) Ostendorf, Mary (Larry) Yoswa, Nick (Shirley) Loesch, and Joann (Ron) Otto; and numerous nieces and nephews with whom he was very close and loved dearly.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Loesch; and niece, Nancy Langenfeld.

Ken had an early and remarkable career as the owner of "The Bar" and "The Bottle Shop" in Hastings. The success afforded him the opportunity to fulfill his dream of starting a car dealership. He moved to Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 1978, and leaves a professional legacy as the owner of Ken Loesch Motors of Chippewa Falls.

Throughout the 25 years following his retirement, people would remember him as a businessman of a forgotten time. His life work formed bonds with clients that would last decades, which his family will forever be grateful for.

Ken had a life spanning love of dogs and always had a German Shepherd by his side. Ken was a man of many different interests and tastes over his life that cannot be adequately expressed in this passage. A few of his fondest interests were Kung Fu, Corvettes, boating, spending time on Marco Island, music, politics and quality time with his family. His unconditional support and loyalty to those he loved is the most profound way he can be remembered. Those who were fortunate enough to have had him in their lives were gifted with the most unconditionally loving father, partner, family member and friend.

Those who wish to join us in remembering Ken are welcome to attend his memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wis. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Eau Claire County Humane Association, 3900 Old Town Hall Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701 or online at

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit