Long time Roseburg businessman John Loosley, the former owner of Roseburg Paving Company, died Monday at his home in Roseburg after a long illness. He was 89.

Loosley, who was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Malin, Oregon. He graduated from Malin High School and Oregon State University engineering school in 1949 with a degree in engineering. He moved to Roseburg in 1952 to work as the city of Roseburg’s engineer and then went to work for Roseburg Paving Company in 1955.

He purchased the company in 1965 and owned it for 45 years before selling it in August of 2000.

Loosley was active in many local organizations including the Community Cancer Foundation, Sunrise Enterprises, Wildlife Safari, Family Development Center and the Umpqua Community College Foundation.

He also served on the YMCA board, Families First board of directors, the Boy Scouts and the Roseburg Chamber board.

He was on the board of directors of the former Douglas National Bank, and served time on the National Asphalt Paving Association board of directors and chaired the Oregon Asphalt Paving Association board.

Loosley was involved with the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg and Redeemer’s Fellowship Church.

He was honored for his community service in 1983 when he was named Roseburg Chamber of Commerce First Citizen of the Year.

He was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2006.

Loosley and his wife Jean, had been married 68 years.

A Celebration of Life service for John Loosley is set for 11 a.m., Oct. 1 at the Redeemer’s Fellowship Church in Roseburg.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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