KINGFIELD — Funeral services were held Sept. 18 for the Kingfield man killed during a late-night bicycle ride earlier this month.
The death of Mark Loesch, 41, was ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was multiple blunt-force head impacts, the office reported.
A husband and father of four, Loesch left his Wentworth Avenue home on a bicycle sometime after 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and never returned. He was found lying in a yard on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South just before 7 a.m. the next day.
Minneapolis police said Loesch was the city’s 35th homicide victim this year.
Homicide Unit Commander Lt. Amelia Huffman said the investigation remained open as of Sept. 17. Huffman said few other details on the case would be made public until suspects are arrested and charged.
Will Vervair of Maple Grove, a childhood friend of Loesch’s, described him as a loving and supportive husband and father. Loesch and his wife, Samantha, had three girls and one boy ranging in age from 2-and-a-half to 14 years old.
"Samantha has a really great support network, which is wonderful. But the pain is still very, very hard," Vervair said. "They’re doing as well as can be imagined."
Molly Hanson of Seattle remembered her brother-in-law as "an incredible father."
"His kids were his entire world," Hanson said.
She said Loesch always played with his children "on their level," rolling around on the carpet with his youngest or practicing "circus tricks" with his 10-year-old
"They had this whole act they would do together," Hanson recalled.
She said Loesch was also a tinkerer, building and taking apart gadgets and
Loesch had reportedly just finished work on a bicycle the night he was last seen. He may have been riding to a friend’s house in South Minneapolis to show off the rebuilt bicycle when he died.
Friends and family members rode in memory of Loesch in the Minneapolis Bike Tour on Sept. 16, Hanson said.
Loesch worked as a computer consultant for Golden Valley-based Healthia Consulting.
Police asked anyone with information to call (612) 692-TIPS. Donation will be accepted to the Mark Loesch Memorial Fund at Associated Bank in St. Louis Park.