Sunday, February 22, 2009
Larry Lee Loos, 62, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at his home.
He was born Oct. 4, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lloyd L. and Doris Ulrich Loos. He and Sallie Baker were married in 1966.
Larry was a graduate of Central High School and later graduated from Southeast Missouri State University as valedictorian of his class. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University.
After a stint working at the computer center at Kansas University, he returned to teach computer science at Southeast Missouri State University. He owned and operated the former MicroAge franchise, which closed in the '90s. The remainder of his career, he worked as a freelance computer programmer for many clients, chief among them Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo.
For the past 13 years, he was the driving force behind Show-Me Net, a local not-for-profit internet service provider that he helped to establish. The service was used by many local schools and public libraries.
He was a 26-year member of the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club, where he held many offices and received numerous awards. He was instrumental in creating Optimist Bingo and spearheaded the creation of Friday Night Optimist Bingo at Bingo World, which contributes thousands of dollars to youth programs through the Optimist Clubs of Cape Girardeau and Jackson.
His most unique personal talent was juggling.
Loving survivors include his wife, Sallie, of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Liana Loos-Austin of Madison, Wis.; his mother, Doris Loos Gee Kinker of St. Louis; two brothers, a twin, Louis "Louie" Loos of Kansas City, Mo., Scott Loos of Champaign, Ill.; a sister, Martha Mark of Fenton, Mo; and two granddaughters, Ivy and Rose Loos-Austin.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
The Rev. Barry Winders will officiate a memorial service at 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Cape Girardeau or Jackson Optimist Club of your choice.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.