Obituary – Lloyd Emil Pedersen

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HARTINGTON — Lloyd Emil Pedersen, 90, Hartington, died July 4, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington, surrounded by many of his family members.

Visitation was July 7 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Funeral Services were July 8 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Hartington, with Rev. Amanda Jertson officiating.

Burial was in the Hartington City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nick Bottlofsen, Scott Bottolfsen, Adam Willis, Chase Kern, Troy Kern and Tate Hamann.

Lloyd was born Oct. 1, 1923, at Hartington, to Neils K. and Elvine (Dybdal) Pedersen. He grew up on a farm near Hartington and attended a country school through the eighth grade at which time he went to help his dad on the farm. He worked as a farm hand for many years until he began a job at Swifts Packing House, Sioux City, Iowa, in 1943. That same year he met Inez C. Gunderson. They dated and were married Aug. 27, 1944, in Hartington. Lloyd worked for Elmer Hintz as a farm hand and for Otto Swartz and Dick Putter as a carpenter before beginning work for Hans J. Sorensen and Son at the John Deere Dealership Dec. 1, 1945. The dealership changed hands to Burt McFarland and then to Gerry Miller, but Lloyd kept this job for 40 years working as a mechanic, parts manager, truck driver, set-up man and service manager. He retired in 1986. Over the years Lloyd ran a saw sharpening and lawn mower repair service. He mowed the Hartington City Cemetery for 20 years and was summoned by many area farmers to work on their older farm equipment since he was the only person in the area with that skill and knowledge.

Lloyd was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church council as well as the church custodian. He was a former volunteer fireman, was a member of the Odd Fellows and volunteered to play his accordion at the nursing home and other functions.

Lloyd enjoyed attending auction sales, dancing, playing his accordion and collecting toy tractors. He also enjoyed coffee and fellowship with his friends and loved spending time with his family.

Lloyd is survived by three children and their spouses, Dennis and Cyndee Pedersen, Sacramento, Calif.; Lois and Don Bottolfsen, Yankton, S.D.; Bev and Scot Lund, Hutchinson, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Ann Pedersen, Sioux City, Iowa; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Cara and Troy Kern, Minda and Tate Hamann, Jana and David Hesker, Nick and Jenna Bottolfsen, Scott and Katy Bottolfsen, Ann and Fletcher Sheridan, Kiley and Adam Willis, and Lauren and David Krehbiel; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald and Lorraine Pedersen, and Marvin and Gladys Pedersen both of Hartington; and a sister, Doris Bell, Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Inez, March 30, 2008, at the age of 86; his oldest son, Darrell Pedersen, Sept. 7, 2011; and two brothers, Gunnar and Richard Pedersen.