Richard Orville Loesel
1929 -
Irene Louise Kennedy
1928 -
Children of Richard and Louise:
David Kennedy Loesel 1953 -
Douglas Alan Loesel 1956 -
Amy Patricia Loesel 1957 -
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Richard Orville Loesel was born to George Orville and Mary Anstead Loesel, in Erie Pennsylvania, March 8, 1929. Rich, "Captain" or Skip" as he is known, married Irene Louise Kennedy on March 21, 1951 in Erie. Rich and Louise have three children: David Kennedy, Douglas Alan and Amy Patricia Loesel

Rich graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1947. He swam competitively and was team Captain in 1947, when the team won the PA State championship and he earned two State championship medals. Rich graduated from Thiel College with a BS in Economics. He then enlisted in the Navy in 1951. He attended OCS and was commissioned Ensign in June 1952. After serving on the LSD Whitemarsh, he entered Underwater Demolition training, from which he graduated first in class. After SEAL teams were formed, he became a SEAL. Rich completed 30 years of active and reserve duty, and retired with rank of Captain.

Rich was a competitive sailor, excelling in both small boat and auxiliary racing. He was elected Commodore of the Erie Yacht Club in 1970.

Upon leaving active duty, he joined his father in the family insurance business. They were later joined by brother Gib. The agency was later merged with Charles Schaaf, becoming Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency, Inc. The agency is now one of the largest in Erie.

"Skip" is now retired and enjoying life sailing, woodworking, and helping out where needed. He also enjoys
spending time with his six grandchildren: Andy, Katie, Leigh, Kelsie, Julie and Ryan.
2004 Rich and Grandson Leigh
Swearing In U.S. Naval Academy
2007 The Captain and The Ensign
Rich's Beloved "Airborne"
A Pretty New Blue
The Young Richard O. Loesel Family
Richie and Him Mommy
One Cool Dude
"Our Richie"
Brother Commodore's
Rich & Gib
Ryan - Rich - Julie
Rich and Sister Cynthia
The Captain & 1st Mate
Working On Deck
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