Saturday, April 04, 2009

My father-in-law, Joseph C. Loyd, died Sunday, March 22, 2009. He was 90 years old at the time of his death.

Joe lived most of his life in or near Council Bluffs, Iowa, and after serving in World War II, began a long career with the United States Postal Service as a rural route mail carrier. Fortunately, he was able to retire early and lived the life of a happy retiree for over thirty years.

Joe loved to fish and did so at Lake Corpus Christi, near Mathis, Texas, where he and his wife Helen would spend six "winter months" each year for many of their retirement years. I asked him once how many days he went out on the lake to fish. He replied, "Every day the weather allows."

Each year, Joe and Helen would return to Council Bluffs from Texas with a freezer full of fish fillets, which he would share with their church family, East Side Christian Church, in Council Bluffs. Joe fried the fish for everyone and a good time was had by all.

Faith was important to Joe. He served as Elder at East Side Christian for many years, including those leading right up to his death. Joe a was good man, husband, father, grandfather, and father-in-law. He was loved by many and is greatly missed.

Here is a link to the obituary of Joseph C. Loyd.