Corydon M. Loomis


Corydon M. Loomis, 81, a retired corpsman in the U.S. Navy of 20 years, passed away April 16, 2012 with his family by his side at Kent Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Savard) Loomis for 55 years and loving father of their children, Kimberly L. Roderick and her husband, John, Jacqueline L. Jordan and her husband, David, and Steven D. Loomis.

Born in Jackson, Mich., he was a son of the late Walter F. and Elsa C. (Frankeberger) Loomis. Mr. Loomis was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, enlisting on Aug. 21, 1947, just 17 days after his 17th birthday. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars aboard many ships, including aircraft carriers USS Coral Sea and USS Essex as well as 10 submarines. During his service, Mr. Loomis had secret clearance and earned five Good Conduct awards, a National Defense medal and the Navy’s “Europe” Occupation Service Clasp. He retired in 1968 as a Hospital Medic, Petty Officer First Class (HM1) after 20 years of service. After retiring from the Navy, Corydon worked for 18 years at Ciba-Geigy and five years at the United States Postal Service.

Cory loved to cook, always adding a “secret ingredient” to the family recipes, and was an avid card player, especially online pinochle. Corydon and Gloria loved to dance and were members of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. He especially enjoyed watching the swans as he looked out over Little Pond. As a loving and devoted Grampie, Cory taught his grandchildren to fish, how to play Hearts, took them to get doughboys and cooked his special meals for them, including home-made apple sauce and corn-on-the-cob. Above all, Corydon lived life and faced death with courage and dignity.

He was the loving father of Corydon M. Loomis Jr., Bonnie J. Hern, Diane L. Shepheard and David B. Loomis; devoted grandfather of Kauri-Lynn, Joshua, John, Tyler, Jared, Garrett, Benjamin, Ashley and Gregory. He was the brother of Claire Moss, Nadine Knowles, Ellen Hatch and the late Walter Loomis, Jr.

His funeral service will be held April 19 at 10 a.m. in Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave. Burial with military honors will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

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