Obituary of William D Loockerman
William was a proud Navy veteran of 30 years and spent 14 months in training and special assignment with the Underwater Demolition Team Twenty-One. He was the first fully-qualified Communications Watch Officer of the USS Annapolis AGMR-1, and also served as Hull Officer and DCA of the USS Snowden, Commanding Officer of LPH 903, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of COMPHIBRON 6-605, and Operations officer of COMPHIBRON SIX. He continued serving other veterans and his community with his continued involvement with the Naval Reserve Association, serving two terms as President, then Chairman, Vice President, and National Treasurer of the Budget and Finance Committee, in addition to serving as commander of Lorenzo Burrows American Legion Post 78.
During his time in the Reserves, William also pursued educational goals, earning his Master’s Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from West Chester College in 1969 and his Doctorate of Education from Temple University in 1971. He was dedicated to physical education his whole life, serving as a football coach for many years, training several girls’ athletic teams and even training the 1960 Women’s Olympic Gymnastic Team during their final selection and training period. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo before becoming Athletic Director at Orchard Park School District, where he helped found the Girls Interscholastic Athletic Group. He earned the prestigious distinction of National Registered School Business Administrator during that time and then went on to be the School Business Administrator of Springville Griffith Institute, retiring after 20 years.
He served on numerous statewide and national educational committees, including serving on the State Education Advisory Committee., and was featured in “Who’s Who of Education,” Who’s Who in America, Millennium Edition,” and “Who’s Who in the World” because of his active role in so many organizations, as well as being honored with many awards from the various organizations he supported. William became involved with the Boy Scouts at the Greater Niagara Frontier Council during his last years and remained involved as long as he was able.
William also enjoyed camping and hiking, including the Appalachian trail. He traveled extensively and loved to visit national parks. Singing was another love of his, and he was active in various choir groups throughout his life. William was a talented woodworker, and enjoyed making furniture and cabinets.
William leaves behind his wife, Alice, who supported him in his many endeavors from the time they met in college. They have one daughter, Alice (Rich) Riley. William was predeceased by his sister, Rosina Kathleen Gonzalez.
Friends and Colleagues will be received Saturday, April 6 from 12-4pm at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919, where a service will be help at 4 pm. A burial will be scheduled at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts.
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