Lloyd Gene Laudenschlager, born to Lyell and Mary Laudenschlager on Feb. 15, 1930, (debatably Feb. 14, depending on who you ask) was everything an Indiana boy ought to be.
Originally from Peru, he grew up in a farming family with older brother Ralph, younger sister Phyllis, and numerous animals.
Upon his graduation from Peru High school in 1948, he became a Federal State Inspector of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – his job was tomatoes, which may be why the younger Laudenschlagers prefer that particular fruit.
Lloyd enlisted in the Air Force in 1950, serving in the Korean war before coming home.
While in the Air Force, he met and married Bonnie Ormsbee of Burlington.
After his stint in the Air Force, Lloyd attended Perdue University to obtain his Agricultural Engineering degree and became a soil scientist for the USDA.
He and Bonnie raised two children, Shelley Rae Laudenschlager and Wade Gene Laudenschlager, travelling often for Lloyd's job.
They settled in Burlington, where they met many people whom they would highly value for the rest of their lives.
Upon the birth of their granddaughter, Kendall, born to Wade and his wife Kelly in 1998, Lloyd and Bonnie moved again to Grand Junction in order to, as Lloyd said, "follow the grandkid."
Lloyd was thought of as someone kind, generous, humorous, who thought of others before himself. He was gruff, fair, an excellent cook and puzzler, a musician, and the best handyman anyone could ask for.
Lloyd passed peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, with his family at his side.
He once said: "my experiences were seldom unique. My interpretations most likely were."
There is no truer statement, and he will be dearly missed by the many people whose lives he improved by being part of them.
Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at 10 a.m., at United Methodist Church in Burlington.
A graveside inurnment service will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Burlington.
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Published by The Burlington Record on Sep. 22, 2021.