Loose, Winfield, W.

Loose, Winfield W.

Went to be with the Lord, Winfield W. Loose, 86. Died last week suddenly at home. Mr. Loose was the son of the late Winfield W. and Mabel (Keller) Loose of Reading, PA.

He graduated from Reading High School in the Class of ’44. He also graduated from Penn State/WPI as well as George Washington University in ’51 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After Penn State, he was drafted in the Army during World War II. He was selected into the Army Corps. of Engineers and placed in the Officer’s Training School and was honorably discharged.

During his college years at GWU, he joined the Glee Club which were asked by the U.S. Military to entertain the troops around the world with the USO tour.

An Accomplished pianist, who could play and compose classical, jazz, Broadway and gospel music. In addition to his artistic tenor voice, he had the “rare” gift of whistling musically as effortlessly as one could sing.

Before his retirement, he was a Senior Advanced Development Engineer, from AMP. Over his career, he received over 30 patents. His first patent as an engineering college intern at Willson Products Research Lab was designing a new revolutionary compact mining respirator.

While working for Philco, he had several patents. Most notably, a remote control for Miss America TV, the multi-play or stackable record player and universal record adapter.

Mr. Loose later worked in the GE Aero Space Division. Developed and designed satellites, etc. for the space program.

In addition to being active in the founding days of Camp Yolijwa, Mr. Loose served as Mission Board President, Counsel, Treasurer, pianist, choir member, supported international missions and a member of numerous Christian organizations. Mr. Loose was a professional engineer, inventor, railroad enthusiast, outdoorsman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Clara (Williams) Loose, daughter Karen and son David of Harrisburg, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins. He loved God, family and country in that order.

He will be deeply missed by all and forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethesda Mission, PO Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541.

Services will be held Tuesday, at 11:00 AM from the Spring House Foursquare Church, 6200 Bedford St., Harrisburg, PA 17111. Friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the church. Also, Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 1501 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604. Friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading.

Please sign the online guest register at www.sandersfuneral.com.


  1. Who knew we were going to lose Win shortly after we lost Iris? Fortunately, we still have all of you & Leon, too; God Bless us, Everyone~

  2. We love you papa. We miss you. Heaven has another angel of music. Hugs and Kisses.

  3. Dear Clara and Family,
    I know this is tough on you but you will feel better as the time goes on. I know how much you miss Win but you know he’s in a good place. He doesn’t want you to torture yourself with grief. Somehow he’ll let you know that he’s fine. So will God.
    I was amazed at his accomplishments during his life that I learned from his obituary. He did more than three good men yet he was still so quiet and humble.I am going to donate money to the Wounded Warriors in his name. I wish I could do more.

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