Rich Lloyd

May 30, 1937 — Feb. 25, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
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To all our friends here in Absarokee and Columbus, we’ve got it so good here we just don’t want to move on. Thank you to the Stillwater community for your kindness and friendship throughout the years to our parents and especially during the difficult last few months.

As many of you know, Rich Lloyd moved on Feb. 25, 2021 …… Rich Lloyd, born May 30, 1937, to Kenneth and Mabel Lloyd of Omaka, Wash., succumbed to his third bout of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Feb. 25, 2021, with family by his side.

Rich grew up in Leavenworth and Wenatchee, Wash., during what he defined the best years of American life. The simple and fun days of playing sandlot baseball and football with neighborhood friends until dusk, learning to swim in the river near where he loved hiking and fishing.

Memorable times included President Truman’s radio announcement that the atom bomb was dropped on Japan during World War II, and General Eisenhower establishing our national highway system. Times of great liberty and freedom.

Rich sold newspapers as a boy in Wenatchee, sacked groceries, worked in a butcher shop and picked fruit as a teen. He was a competitive athlete playing football, baseball, basketball and running track.

At 16, he decided to leave home venturing first to California, then returning home and following his older brother, Chuck, to Montana where he worked as a ranch hand on the Bernard Arnold Ranch, then with the Torgrimson Ranch.

It was Merle Pederson that knew best, persuading him to return to high school, steering him onto a better path to success. Rich lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Absarokee High. His senior year he met the love of his life, Sue Lloyd.

After graduation, Rich joined the Air Force and went through communication maintenance training at FE Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Rich returned home to wed Sue in February 1957. The newly married couple soon moved to Washington, D.C., where Rich worked in the Pentagon AF Communication Center, assigned in the same center as his brother Chuck and awarded Honor Flight certificates for always looking sharp and doing a good job. Rich and Sue started their family in D.C. with their firstborn, Margie.

Rich’s next assignment took him to a missile tracking station on Kwajalein Island where he also played basketball, boxed and fast pitch baseball. His competitive spirit landed him on the traveling squad, playing in the All Far East Basketball tournament in Japan with a stopover in Guam and the All-Pacific Softball Tournament in Hawaii.

After returning to the states, Rich reunited with Sue and Margie and moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, for his next assignment at Sheppard AFB, where the family welcomed their son, Rick Lloyd.

Young and with a family, Rich’s next opportunity led him to Tulsa, Okla., with the option of attending Tulsa University, majoring in history and political science and playing AAU basketball and state championship softball.

While attending the university, Rich worked part time at the Tyler-Dawson company warehouse. Rich stayed with Tyler-Dawson for 14 years, working his way up to vice president of the company. Besides running the company, Rich drag raced the company corvettes. During their time in Tulsa, the family welcomed their third child, Hunter Lloyd.

After the company sold, Rich accepted a job as president of an affiliated company and the family moved from Tulsa to Dallas, then Irvine, Houston, Farmington, New Mexico and back to Tulsa.

Rich involved himself in antique car and street rod clubs, owning, buying, selling and restoring several himself over the years. He had an attention for detail and his earlier years in the AF built his knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering.

Summers in Montana resorted to returning to Absarokee for retirement, where Rich enjoyed photographing the beautiful outdoors and activities of the Montana, often donating some of his work to local fundraisers. He enjoyed hiking to the waterfalls, fishing, dancing, friends, coffee at the Rock Shop in Fishtail and Columbus, golf and all local community gatherings.

Rich kept apprised of local, national and world events often expressing his viewpoint, drafting letters to state and federal politicians and letters to the editor to educate readers. He articulated his side of the argument well with extensive research on various subjects.

Rich is survived by his wife and bride of 64 years, Sue Lloyd, and their children, Margie (Weldon) of Tulsa, Okla., and Hunter (Laura) Lloyd of Bozeman, Mont. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Chuck and son Rick Lloyd (Brigitte).

Also surviving Rich are five of his eight brothers and sisters, grandkids Cameron and Jordan Haynes, Felicia Koefed (Matt), Justin and Emma Lloyd, Ramey and Addiley Lloyd, two great grand-children, Blaire and Jack, and his furry family, Jack and Susie.

At Rich’s request we are republishing the Poem “The Train of Life” and at his request, there will not be a memorial celebration.

If you wish to donate in his name, please give to your favorite charity or the Congregational Church of Absarokee.