Lloyd Gilkerson passed away at his Odell, Ore., home with family by his side on April 1, 2009.
A service to honor and remember his life is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Anderson’s Tribute Center with a reception to follow. Entombment at Idlewilde mausoleum will follow the reception. Chaplain Mark Thomas of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will lead Lloyd’s service. Viewing is scheduled for Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anderson’s.
Lloyd was born Aug. 29, 1915, at Hebron, Ill., to Wilbert and Carolyn (Neff) Gilkerson. He moved with his family to the Hood River Valley where they have been active in the fruit orchard business for many years. He attended school in Odell and graduated from Odell High School.
In 1941 he married Isabel Deos and to this union were blessed twin daughters, Sandra and Sharon.
Lloyd was an active orchardist and member of the Odell community; his family shared that it was always a treat for Lloyd to give his friends a box of apples from the farm or just meet with them for coffee at Butch’s Service Station.
Lloyd enjoyed his road trips around Oregon but always loved coming home to the view of Mount Hood. He spoiled rotten his Jack Russell terrier, “Baxter,” who was also a companion to him and Isabel. Lloyd believed in people; he was by no means naïve but he always looked for the good in a person.
Lloyd is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Isabel, at their home in Odell; daughter, Sandra, and her husband, Douglas Eggers, of Portland; grandson, Eric Couzens; granddaughter, Marcie D’Amico; great-granddaughter, Heather D’Amico; and a special friend, Uvalda Lopez, and his wife, Norma.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Sharon Bernard.
The family would like any contributions to be made in memory of Lloyd to the Odell Fire Department and sent in care of Anderson’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; (541) 386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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