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Broadcast Pioneer, Louis Wasmer, Dies

August 25, 1967

Spokane Daily Chronicle

The body of Spokane radio and television pioneer Louis Wasmer, 75, was expected to arrive in Spokane today from Rochester, Minn., where he died yesterday.

A blood infection was blamed for the death four days after Mr. Wasmer was admitted to the Mayo Clinic-affiliated St. Mary’s Hospital. Friends said today Mr. Wasmer is believed to have contracted the recurrent disease while on a trip to the Mediterranean some time ago.

Born in Nebraska May 10, 1892, Mr. Wasmer was reared in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and helped design and build an experimental radio station in the Coast city.

Several Stations Owned

He came to Spokane about 1925 and soon became a prominent broadcasting figure here. At one time or another he owned Spokane stations KREM, KHQ, KGA and KFIO as well as KREM-TV.

He owned other real estate, including property in downtown Spokane and farm land. He was elected to the board of the First National Bank in 1941 and served on the Gonzaga University Board of Regents.

Mr. Wasmer resigned from the Spokane Selective Service Board to go on active duty as an Air Force major during World War II. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the reserve in 1948.

He was known here, too, for his collection of sports cars and airplanes.

His wife, Florence, survives at the home, S4123 Regal.

Smith’s was to receive the body.

Friday, August 25, 1967

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