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Lloyd G. Lund

October 3, 1935 ~ September 26, 2021 (age 85)


Today many are missing a gentle, kind, quiet, uncomplicated man. He began his freedom from cancer pain and ill health on September 26, 2021 in his home with family members supporting one another as they quietly said their good-byes.

There  will be no services, and cremation was his choice. A Celebration of Life may be held next spring.

Lloyd was the third and youngest child of Arthur and Louise (Neubaum) Lund. He attended Tonica schools and got to experience what it was like to attend a one-room school house with a census of 11 students of varying ages, plus the teacher. He loved playing basketball at Tonica High School, but he had to rush home to help with chores and milk cows on the family dairy farm.

He married JoAnn Mazzetti, the mother of his three sons in 1960. In 1982, he married Ellen (Greigo) Lund; she would be his adoring mate for nearly 40 years.

At the age of 18, he fell in love with his first machine, an Indian motorcycle. Following that, it was a red Ford Crown Victoria which he longed to own in his later years. It happened he was happy to own a 1972 Buick Riviera years later. That auto was driven to local cruise-ins where he loved to admire other cars and talk to the owners. He took pride in anything he owned; kept clean, polished and orderly. Another of his favorites was a 3-wheel motorcycle, which Ellen joined him on many adventures along scenic United States routes. One highlight of his biking was a trip with his son Jeffrey to Alaska.

Dairy farming got thankfully replaced with a few other jobs as a mechanic and truck driver. He worked for Bonucci, Wholesale Liquors, Schwermann Trucking and Liebhart Road Oil Company. He was reliable, dedicated and disciplined in all he did. Blessed with good health until his later years; doctors were amazed he was never on any medication. He worked in the yard and walked daily with the dog.

Having lived on the farm and learning to make necessary repairs and machinery, he thought little of repairing items most people tossed aside. He believed in recycling, repurposing.

Lloyd had an artistic, keen eye for knowing when something was pleasingly unusual. Collecting antiques was a favorite past time. Repairing, tinkering and creating happened in the shop he built after salvaging beams and barnwood from two old barns he and wife, Ellen, tore down. Lloyd was a person with an innate creativity and many talents to do some admirable tasks. To his credit the two-story, five bay garage and shop area was constructed by him with all the plans in his head. The barn lumber, he used for this huge and beautiful project.

He was a person of few words but having a sharp and quick wit, he would occasionally surprise you with a comical terse response. When it came to “man talk“ of engines, machines, etc., he was right there with conversation. In addition, Lloyd especially enjoyed reminiscing with like-minded friends, over memories of people of his past and history in his community. Born in Granville, IL but living the remainder of his life and Tonica, he loved sharing memories of those older folks he’d known through the years with his dear friend, John Schmitt.

Lloyd was a devoted family man who was faithful, respectful and loving to his wife, three sons, Ellen’s son and daughter, and their families. He was a true partner sharing and running a household, always kind, warm and caring!  

His other love and pride with his 2-acre yard where he and Ellen shared in maintaining a lovely, peaceful place to enjoy and share with others at occasional large gatherings of friends. In winter, they fed and watched birds of all types at theaters overlooking the Vermilion River; they named the property Rio Vista. He planted a few hundred hosta plants and resurrection lilies around the entire perimeter of the yard! It was indeed our Garden of Eden. 

he leads to cherish memories, his loving wife, Ellen; three dearest sons, Jeffrey (Adrienne) of MD, Spencer (Jody) of Dalzell, and Douglas of MD; loved and respected step-son and daughter, Rick and Laura Leyba of Pueblo, CO; one brother and sister Arthur Jr. (Joyce) of Tonica and Edith “Sis” Verda of Granville; two grandsons Nick (Amanda) and Justin Lund of MD; five shared grandchildren Joseph Camargo of AZ, Gina (Gerard) Montoya of CO, Rikki (Jordan) Jamestown of CA, Mariah Leyba, CO, Stomy Leyba of CO; eight shared great-grandchildren. Special cousins Denise and Ray Oswald of Wadsworth, Diane and Tony Cimei of McNabb. His faithful, furry friend, Squeaky and many family members and friends. 

We are grateful to Dr. Inciong, his hospice staff and St. Margaret’s Spring Valley Hospital nursing staff.

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