Lloyd A. Wells, age 88, of Broken Bow, passed away Nov. 27, 2010, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.
Lloyd was born Sept. 16, 1922, to Frank and Mattie Wells.
After graduating from Broken Bow High School, Lloyd lived at home in the Sandhills north of Milburn.
Lloyd being one of seven children, enjoyed ranch life and their new home that his oldest brother, Woodrow, built to replace the sod house where he was born and raised. Lloyd was soon drafted into the army and received his basic training
Dec. 8, 1943, in Camp Walters, Texas. Lloyd finished his basic training at Camp Walters and received a 10-day leave before going overseas. During his leave, Lloyd was united in marriage to Eleanor I. Link June 20, 1944. Lloyd sailed from Camp Kilmer, N.J., on the Queen Elizabeth to Scotland and then boarded a troop train to South Hampton, England.
Lloyd joined the Third Armored Division and served in France and Germany during
World War II. Lloyd was pronounced M.I.A. from the battle at Stolberg Sept. 17, 1944, in Germany. He was wounded and captured P.O.W. by the Germans. Lloyd was liberated April 2, 1945. After several hospital visits, Lloyd was discharged from the Army July 28, 1945, and was later awarded the Purple Heart.
Lloyd and Eleanor moved to Cumro where they took time out to raise their two children, Wayne and Connie. They later moved to Broken Bow where Lloyd continued to farm and ranch.
Lloyd operated his Bow Equipment business and helped Eleanor with the furniture store in Broken Bow. Lloyd enjoyed gardening, his antique tractors, hunting, and going to auctions to add to his many collections.
Due to failing health conditions, Lloyd moved to the V.A. in Grand Island in 2006 and later moved to the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.
Lloyd is survived by his son, Wayne and his wife, Willa of Taylor; daughter, Connie and husband, Don Wagner of Kearney; one sister, Rosezene and Hank Volker of Lincoln; four grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and two stepgreatgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mattie; his wife, Eleanor; three brothers; and two sisters.
Services were Dec. 1, 2010, at the Broken Bow United Methodist Church with Pastor Todd Karges officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Custer County Veterans Office to assist local veterans. Burial will be in Custer Center Cemetery with Military Rites.
Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.