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Obituary - Richard "Dick" Neil Looby

 

Richard Looby

Richard "Dick" Looby, long-time resident of the Hi-Line, passed away at 73 April 18, following a several-year long health spiral from a series of strokes.

Dick grew up on what he affectionately referred to as "the farm" southwest of Harlem, where he obtained his GED and signed up with the U.S. Navy.

When his first son was born, he and his wife, Jan, moved to Libby, where he eventually settled into a job with the Great Northern Railway. Railroads would be Dick's career for the remainder of his professional life, serving as brakeman and later conductor.

Dick was perhaps best known for his passions for rebuilding antique cars and riding motorcycles, both of which he did until he was nearly 70. He was also a regular contributor to the opinion section of his favorite newspapers, and never missed an opportunity to impart his own brand of wisdom on current political events. He was an avid supporter of several charities, and rode with ABATE of Montana annually for their fund drive.

Survivors include his sons, James Daniel "Dan" Looby and Edward "Ed" Neil Looby; daughter-in-law Jodi Looby; grandchildren Mabel Looby and Benjamin Mabry; sister Patsy Martin; and long-time friend and travel partner Jane Anderson.

A memorial will be held May 19 at 1 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Christian Church, 2015 Fifth Avenue, Havre, MT. An informal burial of the urn will follow at Kuper Memorial Cemetery in Chinook.

Memorial donations may be made to:

Montana Rescue Mission

PO Box 3232

Billings, MT 59103

(406)259-3800

Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line

500 1st Avenue

Havre, MT 59501

(406)265-6206

 

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