Lloyd Victor Justice went to be with the Lord and his beloved Maye on Friday, July 18, 2008. He was at Churchill Retirement Home surrounded by his family. He was 99.
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Lloyd was born May 14, 1909, in Guthrie County, Iowa, to Charles LeRoy Justice and Elsie Sheeder Justice. In the spring of 1917 the family moved "out west" to Judith Gap, where the area was known to produce top quality wheat. His father had preceded the family to buy the farm that was to be their new home. Lloyd, as were his sisters, was involved at a young age with the many farm activities which involved working with teams of horses in the hay fields, milking the cows, feeding the chickens and later delivering milk, butter and eggs to customers.
As a young man during the depression, Lloyd always found employment, whether it was snaking out logs for the Forest Service, hauling ice with teams of horses in frigid weather or as a gandy dancer for the railroad and later as a clerk in the local hardware store.
Lloyd married the love of his life, Maye Louise Larson, Dec. 28, 1927. A daughter, Shirley Rovena, was born in 1929, and in the spring of 1935 Lloyd moved his family to Bozeman, where he had obtained employment with Whitfield Spain at Owenhouse Hardware, setting up farm machinery. He later became a salesman of International trucks and farm equipment and retired December 1979 after 40 years of service to Owenhouse Hardware.
During those years, a second daughter, Louise Deanna, was born, completing his family whom he loved dearly and was truly happiest when surrounded by all.
Lloyd worked hard all of his life, even building two new houses for Maye, with very little outside help. One was built in 1951, and the second, a cozy Bridger Canyon home, was built in 1963.
He enjoyed bowling and held a record many years for a 712 series bowled March 22, 1952. He was later inducted into the Bozeman ABC Hall of Fame.
As Maye's health declined with a stroke and later Alzheimer's, Lloyd was ever loving and attentive and oversaw her care throughout her decade-long ordeal.
Ever the optimist, when things went badly, Lloyd would say: "I guess that's the way the Lord meant it to be." We will miss that strength and optimism.
Lloyd was preceded in death by Maye in March 1991; his parents and step-father, Peter J. Boutsen; three sisters and their husbands: Florence (Henry) Weber, Ruth (Floyd) Marx and Grace (Jess) Olson.
Lloyd is survived by his daughters: Shirley (Robert) Baldwin and Louise (Spencer) Smith; seven grandchildren: David J. (Belinda) Baldwin, Robert J. (Gertie) Baldwin, Thomas J. (Caroline) Baldwin, Lori (Kevin) King, Stacey (Austin) Carter, Cheryl (Chino) Thacker, and Julie (Mike) Herbst. Lloyd had eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Sunset Hills Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Black Ave., Bozeman.
If desired, memorials in his name may be made to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 23 to July 27, 2008