James Andrew “Jim” Loesch

February 19, 1958 ‒ October 08, 2019

Hilliard, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

HILLIARD: James Andrew “Jim” Loesch, 61, of Hilliard, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 after an extended battle against cancer.
Jim was born February 19, 1958, in Mansfield, to Dr. George and Mary Alice (Berger) Loesch.
Growing up, Jim spent his summers as a boy at the local Possum Run swimming pool.  He seemed to be born for the water. He swam competitively in the summers and at Malabar High School in Mansfield.  Jim set many records at local pools at his high school – one of which stood for 40 years.  At The Ohio State University, Jim earned four varsity letters and co-captained his team junior and senor year competing in the NCAA championship all four years.  In 1980 Jim qualified for the Olympic trials and in 2007, he was inducted into the Mansfield City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the most accomplished swimmers to ever come from our area.

Jim graduated from OSU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and went on to make many contributions in the areas of nuclear medicine and cancer research studies.  He also formed his own internet marketing company – Loesch Media Group.

Jim had many passions in life – competitive swimming, life-long learning, cancer research and love for his family but the anchor of his life was Jesus Christ. It was his personal relation with Jesus that grounded and guided everything he did. After college, Jim served for several years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, an international Christian organization for college students.  He has served in a number of churches over the years and recently has become involved with Faith Life Church in New Albany.
Jim is survived by his parents, Dr. George W. and Mary Alice Loesch of Mansfield; three sons, Andrew Loesch, Caleb Loesch (fiancée Katherine McCluskey) and Thomas Loesch all of Hilliard; three brothers Greg (Lynne) Loesch of Bellville, Rodger (Sue) Loesch of Mansfield and Rodney (Lynn) Loesch of Easton, CT, a sister Mary (Neil) Saunders of Carey, NC and many nieces and nephews.
The Loesch family will receive guests Friday, October 11, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. His brother Greg Loesch and Pastor Marc Stephens will officiate. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in James’ memory to The James Comprehensive Cancer Center may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Loesch family, send them a message of support – and watch Jim’s memory video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • This is just heart breaking. I have known Jim since college. In recent years we often spent hours just talking and being sounding boards for each other. He always challenged my thinking and encouraged me to see things in a new way. We had developed a tradition of celebrating our birthdays by taking each other out for dinner. For a few months we were the same age and then he would make sure that I knew when I became a year older. I will miss those times. Jim was a wonderful, intelligent, and caring person. I considered him to be one of my dearest friends. His passing will definitely leave a void in my life.

  • I am so saddened by this news. My sincere condolences to your family. I worked with Jim for a few years. He always had a great sense of humor and always willing to educate those around him. Prayers for family and friends.

  • To all the most dearest Loesch family, I am so sad for your loss of Jim. May you be comforted by one another and God’s blessings. Love, Birdie

  • Uncle Jimmy was always the goofy one at our family gatherings—he was never short of one liners. He always had a way to make everyone smile.

    He earned the endearing nickname “Uncle Cheater” when we were growing up by trying to skip a few spaces in a game of Trouble more than 20 years ago; he never lived it down. You’re missed already. Love and miss you, Uncle Cheater.

  • I was so saddened when I heard the news of Jim ‘Bone’s passing. Our family’s have been long time friends, since childhood. We had the best times growing up together. All the memories of the good ole days came flooding back and It was tough to try and hold back the tears. No shame in tears.

    My sincere condolence to Dr. and Mary Alice and sons, Greg, Roger and Rodney and their extended family’s. We all find comfort in knowing he is released from pain and suffering and has returned to his Celestial Home.

    Love from my heart to yours, Dan

  • I am very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was always upbeat and possessed a warm and friendly personality. A real gem of a guy.

  • I worked with Jim when he was serving with what is now known as Cru over 30 years ago. I was not surprised his faith in Jesus has continued to be the foundation of his life. For whatever reason, my primary memory is of the way we’d celebrate birthdays, I think primarily of those of us who were single. Somewhere I have a picture of him, with his unmistakable smile while having a blindfold made up of a t-shirt as my roommate, Marci, and I were apparently charged with the role of kidnapping him for his birthday. It must have been a Saturday because the subsequent picture, of at least a dozen was in daylight at a restaurant! I always appreciated his quiet strength and sense of humor.
    Sincere sympathy to your family Jim. But what peace knowing you are “home” with Jesus.

  • Prayers of comfort to all of you during this time. Praying for you Greg and Rodger and your family during this time.

  • I am very sorry to hear the sad news of Jim’s passing. Growing up I remember Jim as my “older” neighbor and as an amazing swimmer. He was always so nice. Sending my prayers and condolences to Dr. George and Mary Alice and family during this difficult time.

  • Jim was a stand up guy, always friendly and always willing to volunteer during our son’s lacrosse years. Lots of mulch! Thinking of you Caleb during this tough time.

  • So very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was such a sweet man and had a huge heart. Blessings to Jim and prayers to his family and close friends.

  • I knew Jim while we both were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ High School ministry. He was always so much fun and focused on the Lord and bringing kids to Christ. I am so very sorry for your loss and sad his life is no longer with us. But I long for the day we will all be in Heaven together. His spiritual children and all of his colleagues in ministry will have so much fun and joy then! My prayers are with your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will be sorely missed. Thankful for Jim’s life, love and faith in Christ, and that in death he is more alive than ever. Peace, comfort and yes, joy, to family and friends who gather this weekend.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I knew him from Vineyard Christian Church.
    He was a good man of faith. I know he will be missed.
    Blessings!
    Art Norton

  • So very sad to say goodbye to a genuinely good man. My thoughts and prayers to Jim’s loving family and friends. Glory bound!

  • So very saddened, beyond words, to have lost this wonderful colleague and friend. When I began with Prologue/Novella over a decade ago, and for many years, he was a kind, thoughtful soul. It was, indeed, an honor to work with and know him. His sons were his joy. My very deepest sympathy to the entire family. Heaven has gained a treasure. ❤️

  • Caleb, Andrew, and Tommy; I am so very sorry to hear about your father. You all had a wonderful Dad who loved you very much. I worked closely with Jim for many years at Ohio State in Nuclear Medicine Research. The three of you were his pride and joy. He had a very strong faith. I hope it helps to know that he is resting in the arms of Jesus tonight. I am praying for comfort and peace for all of you during this difficult time. 🙏😓

  • To Greg and the Loesch family: The picture selected was not only great but also says a lot about what kind of person Jim was. Your memories will give you the strength you need at this time.

  • Jim Loesch was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him in conducting RIGS research protocols for GI cancer at the James. Jim was always professional, thorough and exacting in his nuclear medicine work, a stable and congenial co-worker who never boasted about all of his collegiate accomplishments. He will be remembered fondly and treasured as a good friend. May Jim rest in heavenly rapture. My condolences to his children, parents, and all those who hold this loss in their hearts.

  • I only met Jim briefly as I was taking over one of his studies at work. He was very devoted to his job even though he clearly wasn’t well. He was always kind and extremely helpful in the transition. I am truly sorry for your loss and am praying for his family, friends and loved ones.

  • I knew Jim from his internet business days. Our group would gather twice a year to help each other build our businesses. Every summer we had a retreat just for fun (and a little business, too :)) where we enjoyed karaoke. Jim suggested he and I sing Sisters from White Christmas as a duet. What a fond memory. He was indeed warm, loving, goofy, helpful, and committed to Jesus. I am saddened at his loss but made happier by looking forward to sharing eternity together. To the entire Loesch family, I am praying for you during this difficult time. May the words in Isaiah 26:3 comfort you: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (NIV)

    Cindi Dawson

  • With sincere condolences and prayers to Loesch family. I am very sorry for your loss. Jim was a delight to work with – always shared his vast work experience and rolled up his sleeves to help his colleagues. He was a very kind and gentle person and will be missed.

  • Please accept my condolences.
    Jim worked on my DM team for the last 2+ years, and he was a delight to work with ! He was very knowledgeable about Oncology, Local Labs, and Data Management, and had a great sense of humor. I am truly going to miss him !!!

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Loesch Family during this very difficult time.

  • To the Loesch family. I am shocked and saddened by the loss of Jim. I remember him at Appleseed and in high school as a happy, fun loving and goofy guy whom all the girls adored. He has left behind quite a legacy, and will be missed very much.

  • To the Loesch Family:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jim while working for Ohio State. Jim was a class act and very wonderful human being. Our hearts our with you in this time of sorrow. I am sorry for his loss and thankful htat I had the opportunity to work with while he was at the James. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Steven & Theresa Marsh

  • To the Loesch Families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Jim. Jim definitely made his mark in the world.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • My sincere sympathies go out to the Loesch’ family and the many friends Jim had. He was a great man and will be terribly missed.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Loesch family. I worked with Jim and always enjoyed his sense of humor and vast knowledge of cancer trials. He will be greatly missed.

  • So very sorry for your loss of dear Jim. I knew him, as I did all the Loesch boys, as a part of a loving family, a handsome gentle man, with a ready smile. A swimming legend in the Possum Run and Malabar Pools, Jim was respected for his supportive sportsmanship throughout the community. I can’t imagine losing a son or sibling, but I lost my father 23 years ago and am still sad. Loving peace to the whole Loesch family, especially Jim’s three sons. Your dad is in all you are, and will be part of everything you do in your lives. Carry his strong spirit in your hearts and take good care of yourselves and each other.

  • Jim was always admired and looked up to during our many years of swimming. Happy to hear about his commitment to CRU and strong Christian faith💚 Many prayers to family at this difficult time.

    Karen Gaunt O’Brien

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