Horst Siegfried Loechelt
April 17, 1927 – March 20, 2021
Horst Loechelt, 93 of Yakima, WA went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 20, 2021. He was born in Germany on April 17, 1927 in the house of his grandfather in Schildberg (now Golenice in Poland). His tumultuous teenage years spanned World War II, in which he was conscripted to serve in the German army first as a radar operator in an anti-aircraft battalion and later in a combined paratrooper-infantry-light armor division on the Polish front.
Life was difficult in Germany after the war, and good jobs were hard to find. In 1951 Horst was offered a new beginning by coming to America. After a job opportunity in Bellingham fell through, he settled in Tieton where he had distant relatives from his mother’s side of the family. At the age of 24, he started working in a fruit warehouse in Tieton which became his lifelong career. By the time he retired from Snokist Growers in 1992, he was the district manager for both the Tieton and Naches warehouses.
When Horst first came to Tieton, he also helped at a local bowling alley. Although this did not turn into a career, something even better happened – he met his future wife, Mavis Seabrands. The two of them fell in love and soon got married on June 25, 1954. For most of their early married life, they lived on the farm of Mavis’ parents outside of Tieton. In addition to ten acres of apples, they also raised their three children there.
After retiring from Snokist, Horst and Mavis sold the farm and settled in a home on Naches Heights. The property was large enough for a spacious front yard and back garden. Gardening was one of Horst’s passions, along with other outdoor activities, such as hiking. Horst and Mavis loved to travel, and camped at more than 300 locations in the western U.S. and Canada. They also frequently traveled every spring to visit their younger son in Arizona.
Not long after his wife Mavis passed away in 2011, Horst moved to Living Care Retirement Community in Yakima, where he spent the rest of his life. He was an active member of West Valley Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed traveling and hiking even into his early 90s.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, Max and Elisa, and his wife Mavis. He is survived by his three children Christina of Seattle; Hans (Teri) of Bothell; Gary (Heather) of Tempe, Arizona; four grandchildren Max, Karl, Rebekah, and David; and numerous family members in Germany including his brother Gisbert (Ria), sister Gisela, brother Holger (Heidrun), and sister Heidi (Gerhard). Memorials are suggested to the West Valley Church (westvalleychurch.com) or the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy (cowichecanyon.org)
Graveside Services are scheduled for Friday April 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. To share a memory with the family please visit keithandkeith.com
He is survived by his three children Christina of Seattle; Hans (Teri) of Bothell; Gary (Heather) of Tempe, Arizona; four grandchildren Max, Karl, Rebekah, and David; and numerous family members in Germany including his brother Gisbert (Ria), sister Gisela, brother Holger (Heidrun), and sister Heidi (Gerhard).
He was preceded in death by both his parents, Max and Elisa, and his wife Mavis.
- Hans Loechelt-Yoshioka
- Max Loechelt-Yoshioka
- Gary Loechelt
- Karl Loechelt
- Daniel Seabrands
- Drew Seabrands
- David Loechelt, Honorary
Friday, April 9, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Horst Siegfried Loechelt
April 9, 2021
Mr. Loechelt used to walk to my house every week to deliver and share his German newspaper with me. So ein süßer Mann und Nachbar. My deepest condolences to his family.
Cowiche, WA 98923
April 8, 2021
I first met Mavis when attending Women's Bible study. We began riding together and grocery shopping afterwards. Then we began playing pinochle and sharing a meal (and always dessert) with Horst and Mavis. We truly enjoyed our time with them sharing stories of family and travels. When they spoke of their children, it was always with deep pride and respect. They had a wonderful map with push pins marking the places they had visited. Horst's beautiful flowers and vegetable garden always inspired us. We were grateful for their friendship!
April 8, 2021
I remember Horst as a man who dearly loved the Lord. He had in many ways a difficult life, but he always had a positive outlook. We really enjoyed visiting with him and hearing his memories and perspective. The story of the smashed potato in WWII is a favorite. He was a steadfast brother in the Lord and a great role model to the church. He and Mavis were a really special team. They genuinely cared about others. Both of them are greatly missed, but they have left a wonderful legacy in their children and grandchildren.
With love, Isaac and Sally Handley and Children
Christina Maia Mittelstaedt
April 4, 2021
I first met Horst and Mavis when they became members of the Yakima Valley Audubon Society. Horst was a kind and gentle man. I also got to hike with him once in awhile with the Cascadians. He had a twinkle in his eye when he was happy. I enjoyed knowing him. My condolences to his family.
March 30, 2021
I first met Horst in1984 when I joined Snokist Growers. Over the next 13 years, he impressed me with his sincerity, honesty, and commitment to hard work. Each year I learned a little bit more about Horst, Mavis, and their family. My heart holds a fondness for Horst.
A few years ago, I was working in the front yard of my daughter’s house on N. 32nd Ave. When I looked up, I saw a man walking down the street who looked familiar, and I recognized Horst immediately. Horst was on his regular walk from Living Care, so I stopped him, and we chatted briefly.
My wife and I transport a close friend who lives at Living Care for her personal errands. From time to time, I have remembered to ask her how Horst was getting along, so I have a general idea of his recent history. I am sad to know that his family has lost their Dad.
I thought you might enjoy this picture which I found among the many pictures I saved from my days at Snokist.