Melvin Ray Loseke
February 18, 1939 – January 6, 2021
Melvin Ray Loseke, age 81, of Gering, passed away on January 6, 2021. His funeral service will be livestreamed on the church’s facebook page and website www.firstumcsb.com/live at 2 PM on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Craig Collins officiating. Social distancing mandates will be followed and masks are required. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation https://www.diabetesresearch.org/Give. Online condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com
Melvin was born February 18, 1939 in Bridgeport, Nebraska to Walter and Emma (Stohr) Loseke. He attended the University of Nebraska, where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. Later he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where he received an MBA.
He met his wife Joann at a Walther League meeting at St. John's Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. They were married at Faith Lutheran Church in Gering on July 2, 1963, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there in 2013 . Their daughter Michelle was born during Melvin's final exams at the University of Nebraska. They also served as foster parents for over a dozen children through Lutheran Social Services in Oklahoma City and Hope Cottage in Dallas, TX. Melvin started an engineering software development business in Texas and ran it for twenty years, after which he trained and worked as a lay minister. He moved back to the Scottsbluff area in 2003.
Melvin is survived by his daughter Michelle, his brother Myron, and sister-in-law Judy Pedersen.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joann (Pedersen) Loseke, parents Walter and Emma (Stohr) Loseke, and siblings Vernon and Rosetta.
- Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Melvin Ray Loseke
January 13, 2021
Mr. Loseke holds a very special place in my heart. He was a great man, teacher, mentor, and friend. He was always willing to share his knowledge, time, and caring wisdom. It is hard to find the words to express how he has impacted all of our lives.
January 11, 2021
I first met Mr. Loseke in November of 1996, and he was my employer for a number of years. He was a kind and generous Christian man who took a genuine interest in others. When I expressed that I would like to learn more about structural engineering, Mr. Loseke took me under his wing and freely shared his extensive knowledge with me. He was both my mentor and my friend, and I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Mr. Loseke was an early innovator in computerized structural design, and one of the world's leading experts in the design of cold-formed structural members. He will be missed.