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Joseph Lloyd

Joseph “Jerry” Gerald Lloyd died July 4 in Grass Valley. He was 84.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 12, at Whispering Pines Church, 680 Brighton Street in Grass Valley, where he and wife Violet attended church for many years.

Mr. Lloyd was born March 5, 1924, in Maywood. In November 1942, he enlisted in the Army/Air Corps during World War II, and also met Violet Leigh. They married Sept. 11, 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946.



With faith in God he and Violet relocated from Long Beach to Grass Valley in 1949, where with his own two hands he built their home. He was a mechanic working for Studebakers, Kramer’s and Hocketts, Lake Wildwood Golf Course (10 years), and Weaver Auto Sales. He retired from Aerojet after 18 years of service in 1988.

Jerry enjoyed mechanics, woodworking, and inventing things, and passed these skills to his sons and grandsons. He was a hard worker and could fix anything. The greatest love of his life was his wife of 64 years, Violet, and spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.




“Papa,” as everyone called him, left a legacy of God, love and family, which will continue through each generation to come. He will be missed.

Jerry is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Violet Lloyd; his three sons and their wives, Jerry and Teresa Lloyd of Fair Oaks, Royal and Martie Lloyd of Los Banos, and Tim and Brenda Lloyd of Grass Valley; five grandchildren and their spouses, LeighAnn and Jason Wolfsen, KayeDee and Smoky Rickerd, Jeffrey and Maggie Lloyd, Christopher and Patti Lloyd, and Brian Lloyd; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Courtney and Zoe Wolfsen, Dakota and Ethan Rickerd, and Conner (and one on the way) Lloyd; and lifelong friends Harley Raborn, Earl Harper, and Wanda and Doug McNeil.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.


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