Hans Warner Loesche

Date of Birth

July 23, 1947

Date of Death

November 14, 2022

Hans was born in Germany in 1947. He immigrated with his parents to California in October 1954. He attended schools in Hawthorne and at Lawndale High where in his junior year he met his wife Maria. They graduated together in 1965 and were married in April 1967. Their first child was born in 1968 Deborah Ann Sharp (Brian). They moved to Santa Barbara in September 1969. In 1973 they welcomed Angela Marie Klemm (Jason). In 1980 they welcomed Melissa Erika Wayne (Jason). They have 12 wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 23 to 2 1/2. The Sharps (Austin, Megan, Brandon, Brianna and Maya), the Waynes (Adora, Atalya and Athena), and the Klemms (Alexis, Jesiah, Aleah and Aria). He was their beloved Opa.

Hans always loved to tinker with cars or anything with a motor. In 1974 he and Maria opened Loesche’s custom VW service, later becoming Loesche’s Import. He retired in 2004.

He was an avid tennis player. Loved boating, skiing (water and snow), motorcycle riding (street and dirt), camping, dancing and spending time with family and friends. He and Maria traveled extensively and still had many plans on his bucket list.

He is survived also by his sister Annette Martin (Jim) and nieces Kara Garland (Ryan), Deanna Cline (Terry). 7 grand nieces and nephews, numerous cousins in the US and Germany. He was a wonderful, kind and loving man. All who knew him will miss him immensely. He was real and genuine. He always loved his pets with a passion as well as sunsets. He will be missed by all.

He always acknowledged and appreciated how blessed he was. He bravely and silently fought prostate cancer for 13 years. After two remissions it had metastasized to his bones and spine. On November 11 he had a stroke and never came home. His wife, daughters, and sister were by his side. In lieu of flowers you may donate to the cancer center of Santa Barbara. The family wishes to thank the staff of Cottage Hospital, Ridley Tree Center, and UCLA Oncology for their compassionate care. A celebration of his wonderful life will be held at a later date after the new year.


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