Lloyd A. Lawson MSGT, Retired, age 86, of Tygh Valley Ore., joined our guardian angels after a short stay at the Oregon Veterans Home on March 15, 2016 surrounded by family. Lloyd was born on January 17, 1930, 10 miles East of Durango, Colo., to Elbert and Lottie (Byrd) Lawson, the second of eight children. He grew up in Red Bluff, Calif.
After high school Lloyd joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and retired in 1971. Lloyd married the love of his life Josephine P. Williams in 1953, this year they celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary. He served his country with pride at many duty stations including Korea, Vietnam, Japan, as well as many stateside locations. Although he retired in 1971 he lived his entire life by the motto "Once a Marine, always a Marine.” After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Lloyd worked as a contractor in Northern California even building his family home with his wife and children. Lloyd and Josephine worked as caretakers of the Deschutes Club in Maupin Oregon for 10 years before finally retiring.
Lloyd loved spending time camping, hunting, fishing, shooting his potato gun, gardening, and anything outdoors related. He enjoyed playing card games with his family--especially UNO! He was an avid reader of old western novels. His tummy was happiest when he was eating vanilla ice cream. Lloyd loved being surrounded by his family and friends. He had a sense of humor that kept his family with cheeks and sides hurting. Lloyd definitely had a soft spot when it came to his beloved chihuahua, Rascal.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Josephine Lawson of Tygh Valley Ore., His four daughters Cindy Chastain (Pat) of Tygh Valley Ore., Debbie Pitner (Gene deceased) The Dalles Ore., Hettie McAlexander (Alan) Hayfork Calif., and Lilly Klunder (Bill) Terry Mt., His sisters Bernice Nickerson (Nick deceased) Apple Valley, Calif., and Marsha VanWagner of Spokane, Wash., whom after the untimely death of his parents, Lloyd and Josephine stepped in to raise. Bonnie Jackman (Harry deceased) of Yuba City, Calif., Vicky Etzler (Blair) of Red Bluff, Calif. His 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and many of his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Robert Lawson, his wife Wanda, and 2 sisters Thelma Holt, her husband, Joe and Patricia Lawson.
He will certainly be missed by not only his family but also the many close friends he made throughout his life.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Wamic Community Center.
In Lieu of flowers we ask that donations may be made in his name to any of the following organizations Tygh Valley Fire Department, Wamic Rural Fire Protective District, or American Legion Post #135
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