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Stephen Andrew Loomis

March 13, 1947 — October 21, 2021

LOOMIS, Stephen “Steve”, age 74, departed this life on October 21, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mina Loomis of Parma, Ohio, and his brother Jeffery “Jeff”. Steve is survived by brothers, John (Jan), David (Jennifer), and William “Bill”; nieces, Amy Kennedy, Jackie Guerra, Melissa Loomis-Diamond and Brittney Bowman; nephews, Jeremy Loomis, Matthew “Matt” Loomis, and Jason Greene; and many great nieces and nephews.

Steve was born March 13, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He graduated Parma High School, Ohio, in 1965. He received a BA with honor from Elmhurst College, Illinois, in 1967, a MA in art history from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio in 1968. He returned to Elmhurst for further study from 1968-1969, then studied theater arts at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, earning a MFA in 1971. He then taught theater arts at Elmhurst from 1971-1972.
Steve worked as a vice-president and head designer at Workroom 27 in Hollywood (1972-1980). Workroom 27 was discovered by Neil Diamond. Clients included Michael Jackson, Cecily Tyson, Elton John, Lionel Richie, and many others. Steve also worked at J & M Costumers (1980-1982), Western Costume (1982-1988), and was self-employed until his health deteriorated.
Steve was married to Nancy Kyes (1971 – 1976), divorced, no children.
Steve and Nancy were friends with movie director John Carpenter. Nancy acted in Halloween (1978) and the Fog (1980). Steve was costume designer for several John Carpenter movies including the Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Bustin’ Loose (1981), and Separate Ways (1981). He was nominated for Best Costumes (Escape from New York) by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Steve was a member of the Costume Designer’s Guild Local #892 and the Motion Picture Costumer’s Guild Local #705.
Steve was afflicted with diabetes and increasing kidney damage, which contributed to the loss of one leg. Now disabled, he moved to Dayton in 2002 to be with family.
Steve’s ashes are interred with his parents’ graves in Parma, Ohio. A private family memorial service will be live streamed on Routsong’s channel found on YouTube (www.youtube.com) starting at 12PM, on Saturday, November 6. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.routsong.com.

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