Railroad Board Dinner Boarding the Train Charles Standing by his Train
Charles The Baker Birthdays Weddings Debbie’s First Birthday Son Robert’s Time with Dad Working Hard!
Charles Loved All Dogs Cats He Picked up Strays and Could Talk to any Animal Birds at Victory Lakes
Charles and Margaret with Baby Robert and Virginia Charles and Margaret with Young Children Robert and Virginia
Son Robert with Aunt Lillian Son Robert with Aunt Martha and Cousins Virginia and Cousin Pat Daughter Virginia with Aunts Lola and Lillian Son and Daughter Robert and Virginia Daughter Virginia and Cousin Evelyn
Charles Brother Carlos Charles Sister Lillian Charles Sister Martha Charles Sister Lola Charles Sister Alta Family Reunion in At Pat’s House Alta’s Daughter Sister Lillian’s Family Sister Alta’s Family Sister Martha’s Family Brother Carlos with Wife and Dennis Grant Brother Carlos with Wife
ALL ABOUT CHARLES Charles with Brother Charles with Sisters Lillian and Lola Family TV Time Charles Relaxing on Coach Charles, Brother and Son taking a swim
Family Reunion In Chicago Heights Cousin Pat Renzetti’s House
Charleston Visit Lockport Visit Sister Lola’s Family Robert and Carl Aunt Ellen and Robert
Lillian, Charles, Alta, Martha, Ellen, Carlos Lloyd Brothers and Sisters Photo
Daughter Debbie’s Birthday Party at Apartment in Libertyville
Baby Sitting Grandkids at the Apartment in Libertyville
Mike Sellers visiting at Daughter Debbie’s 8 th Grade Graduation Family Photo Charles, Debbie, Margaret Margaret getting Ready to go to Church All these Pictures are in the Apartment in Libertyville
Charles Trip to Washington State To Visit Son Robert’s Family Charles with Grandson Sean Charles with Son Robert’s Family holding the Dog
Father’s Day Three Years Ago This Father’s Day was over to Debbie’s House. We had a Cookout in Patio Area. This was the last Father’s Day the family spent together with Pa.
Charles Family Christmas Last Year Mike and Alan with Mikes Dog Brady Virginia, Michelle, Margaret Debbie Taking Pictures
Charles Lloyd’s 90 th Birthday Party a Year Ago Charles did have his 91 st Birthday Party in his own house in Lake Villa on October 21, 2011. Charles Died 13 Days later.
Tribute to Charles E Lloyd From his Family Charles was born on October 21, 1920, in Charleston Illinois to his parents Charles Lloyd, nick named Gus Lloyd, and his mother Gertrude Courtney. He grew up in Charleston with his two brothers and five sisters. Unfortunately, his mother died at the age of 36 years old and his father died a few years later, leaving Charles on his own. His sisters were sent to Normal IL to stay with relatives his one surviving brother was raised by his grandmother. Charles at the age of fifteen years old enlisted in the Civil Conservation Core known as the CCC Camp in Lawrenceville IL. He was the baker in the camp and when he got out of the camp worked for about three years as a baker for the Ideal Bakery in Charleston IL and also worked for the Nickel-plate Railroad for a short time. He got married in 1938 to Margaret Virginia Pinkstaff. About a year after Margaret and Charles were married they had baby girl named Virginia Lee, and three years after that a boy named Robert Earl. Charles and Margaret moved from Charleston to Libertyville IL when Robert was three years old. Charles took more jobs as a baker in Libertyville and both Charles and Margaret worked as caretakers for Adlai Stevenson’s Estate. In 1951 Charles started his long lifetime dream to work on the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad. He worked for them for 30 years and has been retired for 30 years. Charles and Margaret had their third child named Debra Lynn in 1953 shortly after he started working for the EJ and E. Between his three children, they had five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren to carry on his legacy. While living in Libertyville Charles and Margaret lived in several different homes, but the most memorable was a little house out in the country on Butterfield Road, which has been changed many times since. It was known as the party house. Croquet parties in the summer and ice skating parties in the back yard in the winter. We always had many family members from out of town staying with us and the church friends would come over to enjoy all the good times. Charles worked very hard to maintain the yard for all the party activities. It was sad when we moved from that home.
Good times weren’t only in our own home, but we traveled to visit relatives, in other places like Charleston, Lawrenceville, Joliet, Chicago Heights, for Family Reunions. In present days for most family’s this is a thing of the past. We had many great gatherings and always had fun with each other reminiscing the good old times. Charles did keep connected with his brothers and sisters to make sure that his children carried on this tradition. After the years in Libertyville Charles and Margaret moved to Mundelein and lived there for many years, but by this time all their children were out of their house, so he picked up some dogs to add to his family. Charles loved dogs and always would bring home a stray that no one else wanted. He was kind to all animals, but dogs had a special place in his heart. About 15 years ago Charles and Margaret moved to a little house in Beach Park. They lived there for about 10 years. They had many visitors to the Beach Park house and had many family celebrations for birthdays and holidays. Charles loved the house and the nice yard. He continued to do a lot of his yard work by himself, but eventually he was not able to do the things that he once did. In the later years at Beach Park Margaret got sick and the house was too much for both of them to take care of, so we made arrangements for them to move over to Lake Villa into an apartment in the same building as Helen Sellers, Margaret’s sister. Charles wasn’t real happy about moving, but he did manage to make friends in his new home. It was much easier for both of them, and they had Debbie close to help them with all their special needs.
On June 25, 2011 Charles had a major stroke. It was on the right side of his brain. He lost his speak and swallow reflexes. He also lost movement in his right hand and the ability to get full movement of his legs. A feeding tube was put into his stomach to give him nutrition. After his hospital stay he went for rehab to Victory Lakes in Lake Villa. He did so well that all his therapists thought he was a miracle patient. He began to improve at a much accelerated rate. He was moving his legs and hand, his speech was getting better and he was beginning to eat three meals a day. Each day he had hope of improving, even given his age of being 90 years old. He spoke to all the birds on every floor at Victory Lakes, and in an odd way the birds understood him. The one thing that kept him improving and getting stronger was all the cards from friends and family. He got excited every time he opened a card. So thank all of you that sent him words of encouragement. He also knew that the more he improved the sooner he would come home. His thoughts were always of going home. He was at Victory Lakes almost three months. He really had a lot of staff that really liked him and would miss him, and he would miss them as well. After all the promises to go home, it finally came time. He spent one week at Debbie’s house and then moved to his house as promised. He had his 91st birthday at his kitchen table with him singing happy birthday to himself. Three days later Charles got sick and had a second stroke. Charles voice was silenced for the second and last time, and he died peacefully 10 days later on November 3, 2011. His long lifetime journey has now ended, but his new journey has begun. Charles your family love you and will always remember what you have shared of your life with others.
This Presentation is dedicated to my Father’s Memory. I was proud to get to know my father in a very personal way the past five months. I will always remember his courage, strength, and thankfulness as my last memories of him live in me forever. Love Debbie