Allan L. Lloyd

 

Allan L. Lloyd, 95, of Sparta, Illinois died Friday, September 20, 2019 at Cedarhurst Assisted Living Community in Sparta.

Allan was born July 30, 1924 in Marissa, Illinois, the son of John Hobson and Roxie M. (Atkins) Lloyd.

He retired from Scott Air Force Base as Assistant Commissary Officer in 1975. In retirement, he drove a bus for the Marissa School System for 9 years. He always enjoyed reconnecting with students he carried on the bus. He was a great force in the formation, design and fund raising for the Marissa Veterans Memorial located in the Marissa Cemetery, and considered it one of the best things he ever did for his community. Following the death of his wife in 2001, he became active with the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity Builds, participating with international builds in West Africa and Mexico, along with several national builds within the US borders. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Marissa. After moving to Sparta, he faithfully attended Calvary Baptist Church until his health failed. Part of the Greatest Generation, he served in the United States Navy during W.W. II, serving as a medic. A great honor for him was being a guest of the Central Illinois Honor Flight at the Veterans Day memorial service on 11-11-11.

He married Helen "Earline" Wyllie, the love of his life, on September 6, 1947 in Marissa, where they would build their life together, raise their son's and promote the community of which both were very proud. She preceded him in death in 2001

Survivors include his son, James A. Lloyd and wife Cheryl (Robinson) of Oswego, IL; their daughters Jennifer (John) Fiduccia and Heather (Andrew) DiVerde, and great grandchildren, Garrett and Grace Fiduccia and Kyle and Gianna DiVerde. Also, son Myron S. Lloyd and wife Reha (Demsar) of Salem, IL; their daughters Rachel (David) Ray and Drs. Emily (Rob) Smith and great grandchildren, Spreed and Sydnie Ray and Molly and Vivian Smith.

He is also survived by his brother, Lowell Lloyd and wife Helen of Sparta, his sister Norma Jeffers of Steelville, and brother-in-law Bill Wyllie and wife Shirley of Lake Ozark, MO, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Harold E. Lloyd, and sisters Vivian Louise Lloyd and Lola M. Lloyd.

Funeral services will be held at 12 O'clock Noon, Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church in Marissa. Burial will follow at the Marissa Cemetery with military honors accorded at the graveside by the United States Navy.

Visiting hours will be from 10:00 a.m. until the service hour at the First Baptist Church in Marissa.

The family suggest those making memorials consider the First Baptist Church in Marissa, Habitat for Humanity, the Salem Township Hospital Foundation, or a memorial to your favorite charity and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem, or the Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, entrusted with the family's care.