Lloyd A. Hemming

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Lloyd A. Hemming, 96, of St. Charles, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at St. Charles Assisted Living. 

Lloyd was born April 1, 1918, in St. Charles, to Sidney and Mabel (Crowson) Hemming. He attended grade school in Saratoga and St. Charles High School. Lloyd was a career military person, enlisting in the United States Army with the 3rd infantry at Fort Snelling on Nov. 15, 1937, and transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1940. He was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific on Guam during World War II with the 330th Bomb Group 20th Air Force. While there he was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations, the Good Conduct Ribbon with two Battle Stars, Victory Medal, American Defense Ribbon and Good Conduct Ribbon. In 1945 Lloyd returned to the U.S. and was assigned to various military bases, including Panama, Alaska and Japan. He retired from the Air Force with the grade of master sergeant on Nov. 30, 1958. Lloyd and Claudia Bradt were married on April 1, 1942. They moved back to St. Charles in 1959. Claudia died April 23, 1999.

Lloyd belonged to the St. Charles United Methodist Church, where he was a past trustee. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign War Post and its firing squad, American Legion, 330th Bomb Group Association, Evergreen Masonic Lodge, St. Charles Senior Citizens and the Old Guard. He was chosen Outstanding Senior Citizen for Winona County in 2000. Lloyd spent most of his spare time working at the Senior Center. He also enjoyed woodworking and camping.

Survivors include his son, Donald (Bonnie) Hemming of Hackensack; daughters, Linda (Ralph) Myhre of Osseo, Wis., and Deborah Allen of Robbinsdale; grandchildren, Kari Voigt, Cori Hemming, Larissa Laufenberg, Marcus Burns, Drew Koontz and Jennifer Koontz; great-grandchildren, Brooke Voigt, Bryan Voigt, Brandon Voigt, Parker Laufenberg, Graeme Laufenberg, Emerson Burns, Alexis Hemming, Nevaeh Koontz and Brock Koontz; a brother, Ronald (Merle) Hemming of Spokane, Wash.; and half-sister, Joanne Hemming of Inchelium, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a half-sister, Denise and a half-brother, Loren.

A Celebration of Lloyd's life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles, with the Rev. Heather E. Klason officiating. Burial of Lloyd's cremated body will follow in Saratoga Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until time of services at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic Service at 1 p.m. Thursday. The St. Charles Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion posts will provide military graveside honors.

Please share a memory of Lloyd and view his tribute video when it becomes available at hofffuneral.com.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Charles United Methodist Church building fund.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on May 13, 2014
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