Lloyd Delbert Porter, 87, of Lexington, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. Lloyd was born June 11, 1923, at home near Lomax, Nebr. He was the second child of four children born to Joseph and Laura Etta (Whisman) Porter.
As a youth, he was raised on a farm and learned at an early age the value of hard work. Lloyd attended Eddyville High School through the 9th grade. He was most proud of earning the letter â€śEâ€ť in track. After leaving high school, he went to help his father.
February 24, 1945, he was united in marriage to Margaret Maxine Buschow. To this union, two sons and four daughters were born.
Lloyd and Margaret farmed in the Eddyville/ Sumner area with the last 35 years being in Park Valley. Margaret passed away July 22, 1984.
Lloyd married Bonnie Cummins April 22, 1985. He continued farming for six years. Lloyd retired and they moved to Lexington in 1991. Farming was in his blood so for several years he made daily trips to the farm. Lloyd settled into his retirement years finding great contentment spending time with his family and friends. In pursuing his passion for wood working, he shared his projects with many, including his prized hand-crafted marble boards.
Lloyd could always be found at the Grand Generation Center playing pitch and shooting pool. If you were lucky, the guys would let you play, but donâ€™t expect to win as it was cut-throat pitch. You can be sure that he reminisced about the good old days and how things have changed through the years.
After the death of Bonnie, Jan. 23, 2009, Lloyd moved in with his daughter, Debby and Curt Benjamin. This heartfelt decision by Debby and Curt enriched his life with joy, peace, contentment and created wonderful memories. One of the most cherished memories was playing marbles with Lloyd and hoping that you could win a game every now and then.
December 2, 2010, Lloyd fractured his hip, and passed away due to complications Dec. 9, 2010, at the age of 87. Even on the last day of his life, he was working hard to get home.
Lloyd will always be remembered as a kind and generous man who loved his family and friends with all his heart. He touched the lives of many and will be missed.
He leaves to mourn two sons, Jerry Porter of Sumner, and Dr. Richard and Gwen Porter of Ceresco; four daughters, JoAnn and David Currie of Lincoln, Dianne and Ryan Roberts of Plano, Texas, Deb Jones and Curt Benjamin of Lexington, and Judy and Tim Schroeder of Omaha; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold; two sisters, Loretta Owens and Velda Matz; and one great-granddaughter, Jillian Woita, as well as his wives.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, with Pastor Michael Gruhn officiating. Burial was in the Kearney Cemetery at Kearney.
Because of Lloydâ€™s love for children, the family has requested memorials be given to Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Omaha. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.