George Looby, long time resident of Chesterton, passed away October 13, 2008
at VNA Hospice in Valparaiso. He was 88.
He was born February 11, 1920 in Chicago, the son of Robert Lee and Vitta
(Staal) Looby, both of whom preceded him in death.
Known to his family and many friends as “George”, he is survived by his
loving wife of 29 years, June Wallace Looby and many loving friends.
George graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern
University. He participated in Minor League Baseball in Peoria, Ill. prior to
enlisting in the United States Army shortly before the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor. Serving as a Tank Commander in the Pacific Theater for over
four years, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant at the end
of the war. After the war he was employed by Standard Oil-Amoco-BP, retiring
After retirement George and June Looby relocated to Chesterton where he
enjoyed gardening, photography, vintage automobiles, travel and most of all,
spending time with his many friends. George was an avid story teller and had
a wonderful sense of humor, often entertaining his friends with jokes. He was
endowed with a warm and generous spirit, and loved helping others. He had a
gift for making friends and never knew a stranger for long. He was an avid
sports fan and loved watching the Chicago Bears and Cubs. He will be much
missed by all his many friends.
Services will be privately held. Friends and family are planning a memorial
service to honor George’s memory. The family asks that donations be made to
VNA Hospice in Valparaiso or the Chesterton Art Center. Arrangements are
being handled by White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton. For information, call