Lloyd Richards, the son of Frank and Rose (Finger) Richards, was born August 31, 1937 at Scranton, Iowa and departed this life February 29, 2020 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 82 years, 3 months and 8 days.
Lloyd attended and graduated from the Scranton High School in 1956. He joined the National Guard and later attended a mechanic trade school in Kansas City. On September 6, 1958, Lloyd was united in marriage to Shirley Tasler of Jefferson at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. That fall, Lloyd started farming the Tasler farm near Churdan with his father-in-law, Rudolph Tasler. Lloyd and Shirley farmed the Tasler farm and raised two children, Mike and Denise. They moved from the farm to Churdan in 1994 and Lloyd continued to farm and later sold seed corn for the Pioneer Seed Co. along with his son. Lloyd retired from farming in 2000.
Lloyd was an active member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and served on the church board. He was also active in the community as a Lion’s Club member, served on the elevator’s board of directors and the St. Patrick Cemetery Board. Both Lloyd and Shirley enjoy playing golf and Lloyd served on the Lakeside Golf Course board of directors. They spent six months during the winter in McAllen, Texas for many, many years, playing golf and being with friends. They later purchased a home in McAllen.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Shirley, son, Mike and his wife, Heather of Jefferson and their children; Jason, Krista, Cole, Clarissa, Bryanna, Joshua and Tyler, daughter, Denise and her husband, Bryon Holst, of Forest City, Iowa and their children; Kylie and Rachel, great-grandchildren; Tajia, Taya, Emilee, Jaxon, Adysen, Hallee, Chesney, Zeppelin, Cassandra and Emerson and sister, Beth Diffley of Minneapolis, MN. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, two sisters Beulah Peters and his twin sister, Laura Ellis and brother, Herman.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 10:30 AM Friday, March 6th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Tim Schott officiating. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Musical selections were sung by cantor, Greg Carey and the church choir and accompanied by organist, Lois Last. Visitation was held from 4 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the church with a Rosary service at 6:45.
Honorary bearers were Lloyd’s grandchildren, Lloyd’s Churdan morning coffee group, all his friends at Paradise Park at McAllen, TX., Clark Taylor and Quentin Minnehan.