Lloyd William Beadle Sr. was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Rankin, Okla., and went to heaven on July 6, 2014, in Boulder City, Nev. He is survived by his son, Lloyd Jr., and daughter, Donna. He had four grandchildren, Darren, Lorraine, Carl and Keri, and three great-grandchildren, Corey, Merridith and Bowen. His beloved wife, Wilma, has been waiting for him in heaven since 1999.
He lived a long life. Born in Rankin (later known as Cheyenne), Okla., he had three older brothers. They all worked hard for a living and finally moved to California to have a better life because of the Dust Bowl. He remembered blackened corn stalks and darkness during the daytime hours because of the dust. He graduated school in Torrance, Calif.
He met Wilma McClurg at a square dance and married her in 1941; they were married for 58 years. Soon after their marriage, he joined the Coast Guard. As part of his duties, he rode up and down the California coast on horseback in the Oakland area armed only with a gun and his ability to ride. He served aboard the USS Cavalier among other ships where he worked with radar and classified information. From California, he took a transfer at Stauffer Chemical and moved his family to Henderson, Nev. He retired in 1977 and moved to Carey, Idaho.
He loved to hunt, fish, camp, go to black powder shoots, rattlesnake hunt, work on old cars, play with his grandchildren, enjoy friends, play cribbage and play the sheriff in the Old Shoot Out Gang. He was honorable, good-humored and talented. His other hobbies during the years included silver-smithing, tying flies and golfing. He was an airplane pilot and master mason. In about 2000, after the death of his beloved wife, he moved to Pahrump, Nev., and then later he moved back to Henderson.
My dad will be missed by all of us. A celebration of Lloyd’s amazing life will be held at a later date.