Lloyd Gust Stier, age 65, of Donnelly, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Minneapolis VA Hospital of congestive heart failure after battling heart disease since 1988.
Lloyd was born on September 15, 1945, to Clifford and Anna (Vleiger) Stier. Lloyd attended country school and then graduated from Morris High School in 1963.
Lloyd joined the US Air Force in 1965 receiving his basic training in Biloxi, MS and then was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas working in security. While there, he met his true love, Glenda Stier at a traffic light and vowed to his friend that night that he would "marry that woman and they would have beautiful children together." They were married on December 21, 1965.
Lloyd served in Seoul, Korea for 13 months during the Vietnam War and was sent to several different countries to perform his duties. After his overseas tour and receiving a Certificate as a Sharp Shooter, he was honorably released from active duty. He was very proud to serve his country and continued to serve through a number of veterans organization memberships.
Lloyd worked in many different jobs in Texas and Minnesota from positions in the gas industry to working for the Department of Transportation, but his career was in meat cutting. He received his Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship in 1975 as a Journeyman Meat Cutter and bought the Barrett Locker Plant where he and his wife worked as a team. When his health wouldn't allow him to work in his chosen field, he sold the locker and eventually had to stop working all together due to injuries he received in the service.
Lloyd enjoyed country music, camping, loved Johnny Cash, always had something to "putter" on in his garage, mentored neighborhood boys on how to fix on a car, wrote poetry and took pride in the title of "Super Dad." He often would play cards with his friends and relatives, enjoying the conversations and adding his own humorous twist to stories whenever he got the chance.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Stier, daughters Roberta (Robbie) and Shelly Stier, one grandson, Kevin Lloyd Stier, one Brother, Robert (wife Charlotte) Stier, two sister-in-law, Grace Stier and Barb Stier Aal, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Anna (Vlieger) Stier, brothers Russ and Dean Stier; sister, Betty Stier; nephew Brad Stier and niece Susan (Stier) Radil.
A Memorial Gathering will take place on Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 pm at the Hoffman Community Center in Hoffman, Minnesota.