Lloyd Warren Barleen

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Barleen, Lloyd Warren
age 93, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on April 27, 2014 at Emeritus Memory Care Home in Mesa, AZ, where a dedicated staff helped him live with Alzheimer's disease for the past six years. Lloyd was born on the family farm near Norway, KS on June 24, 1920 to Charles & Maxie (Loofburrow) Barleen. He attended country school through eighth grade and worked on his parents' farm through the remainder of the depression years. In l94l, he purchased the gas station and tank wagon service in Norway, KS. On May 14, 1941 he married lla Marie Larson of Norway, KS. Together, they ran the service station business. After World War ll, they started a used car dealership. In 1949, Lloyd and lla Marie sold the station and purchased the Chevrolet dealership at Riley, KS, making Lloyd the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the Kansas City zone. ln 1952, they sold the Riley dealership and purchased the Chevrolet dealership at Waterville, KS. ln 1955, they also purchased the IHC franchise operating both dealerships until closing them in 1967. From 1964-1966, the couple also owned Twin View Lodge, a Canadian fishing resort, where they spent three summers. ln 1967, Lloyd and lla Marie moved to Topeka, KS, where Lloyd was Vice-President of Frontier Securities and was also employed by American lnvestors Life lnsurance Co. In 1969, they moved to Concordia, KS and later purchased the BelVilla Motel and Restaurant in Belleville, KS. ln 1972,they opened a mobile home sales office in Concordia and built mobile home parks in Concordia and Beloit. Lloyd was raised with a lot of music in his family and it had always been a part-time endeavor, but, he now had time to pursue his love of music and he and his family moved to the Missouri Ozarks to do so in 1976. ln 1978, they decided to start their own theatre and moved to Estes Park, Colorado for the summer season and then in 1987 to Apache Junction, Arizona for the winter season. Lloyd was active in these theatres until 2004 when he retired from the stage at the age of 84. He made several recordings over the years, beginning in 1939. Lloyd received numerous awards from his years with Chevrolet, lHC, and American lnvestors as well as the Pioneer in Country Music Award in Colorado and was a member of the Country Music Halls of Fame in Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Lloyd and lla Marie were the parents of eight children, Janice, James, Benton, William, Beth Marie, Barbara, Brenda, and Jeffrey. After 44 years of marriage, lla Marie passed away May 12, 1985. ln 1986, Lloyd married Geraldine Neal of Globe, AZ. She passed away September 15, 2008 after 22 years of marriage. Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, George and Ralph, sisters, Mabel Hammer and Hazel Morrow, son, William in 1979 and daughter, Beth in 2009. Survivors include his six children, 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Norway, KS, officiated by Pastor Thomas Kamprath, with burial in the Norway Cemetery. ln lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sage Hospice, 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 1-55, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 or Avalon School Music Program, 1045 S. San Marcos, Apache Junction, AZ 85120. Local arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Funeral Care, 400 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206. Arrangements in Kansas have been entrusted to Chaput - Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, Kansas.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 4, 2014
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