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Obituary: Kirsch, Loren H.

KIRSCH, Loren H. December 31, 1936 - February 28, 2014 Born and raised in Spokane, Loren attended Lewis & Clark High School and Gonzaga Prep. He went on to Gonzaga University to studying electrical engineering for several years. He married Pat Taylor on August 14, 1959. Shortly thereafter he went on to flight school in Laredo Texas. Loren was a radar intercept navigator in the Air National Guard, being only one of two pilots with this distinction. After 25 years of flying multiple aircraft to include the T-33, F-89, F102, F-101 and the KC-135 Loren retired from the Air Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. Loren also flew as a commercial Airline Pilot for Northwest Airlines. He retired in 1995 with 29 years of service, logging over 8800 hours flying Boeing 727, 707, 320, and 720. He logged 400 hours on the DC-10 and flew the 747 as copilot for 15 years. When not flying Loren spent his time at Hayden Lake with his family and later at their cabin on the Pend Oreille River. Many days were spent in the boat pulling his kids water skiing. Snowmobiling and snow skiing were some of the other activities he enjoyed with his family. His younger years were spent tinkering on engines of both cars and motorcycles. Loren is preceded in death by his parents Al and Catherin Kirsch. He is survived by his wife Pat Kirsch; son, Mike Kirsch (Susan); daughters, Debbie Pehan (Gene) and Terri Serbousek (Mark); sister Marilyn Carter; grandchildren: Brad Hart (Sarah), Nic Serbousek (Alyson), Stephanie Shaw (Bill), Eric Serbousek and Jeffrey Kirsch; and great-grandchildren: Taylor, Hayden and Baby Serbousek due in August. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 6th from 1-5pm and Friday, March 7th from 9am-5pm with services being held Saturday March 8th at 1 pm at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Union Gospel Mission. To view Loren’s online memorial, please visit Loren will be remembered as a wonderful husband, great dad and fun grandpa. A man of integrity, always the teacher and willing to give the shirt off his back to those in need. Loren earned his final set of wings on February 28, 2014. Fly free and breathe easy-we love you.