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In Memory of

Lloyd Roy DeBoer

June 27, 1917 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Lloyd Roy DeBoer died on November 23, 2016, at the age of 99. He was born in 1917 in Willow Creek, Montana, to Jacob Abe DeBoer and Lucy Agnes Blanche (West) DeBoer. Lloyd's family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1927 following an earthquake and settled in East Olympia where he helped build the family home. Lloyd graduated from Olympia High School in 1936. After working at Olympia Plywood, Lloyd joined the Coast Guard during World War II. He served on the USS Arthur Middleton during WW2 where he experienced a month long shipwreck off...

Lloyd Roy DeBoer died on November 23, 2016, at the age of 99. He was born in 1917 in Willow Creek, Montana, to Jacob Abe DeBoer and Lucy Agnes Blanche (West) DeBoer. Lloyd's family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1927 following an earthquake and settled in East Olympia where he helped build the family home. Lloyd graduated from Olympia High School in 1936. After working at Olympia Plywood, Lloyd joined the Coast Guard during World War II. He served on the USS Arthur Middleton during WW2 where he experienced a month long shipwreck off the Aleutian Islands, as well as assisted in rescuing the shipwrecked crew of the Navy's USS Warden. Lloyd was part of the force that fought and cleared the Japanese from occupied islands in the South Pacific during the WW2. He met his wife, Patricia Todd, at the Seattle Trianon Ballroom in 1943, and they married on June 1st, 1945. Besides the home in East Olympia, Lloyd built several homes for his immediate family including his wife's dream home on the East side of Olympia where they raised their five children and several foster children.

Lloyd was a master craftsman who opened his own successful transmission shop in Olympia: Lloyd's Automotive. Over the years he also acquired and improved local properties. He was gifted at mechanics, carpentry, remodeling, and gardening. After retiring on his 65th birthday, he continued to use his amazing skill set late into his life. He and Patricia enjoyed traveling the world, including a visit to his father's homeland in the Netherlands. As an active member of St. John's Church in Olympia for over sixty years, he assisted with many causes to improve the lives of others.

Lloyd is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Patricia DeBoer of Olympia; three sons, David of Lacey, Neil and Kent DeBoer of Olympia; his two daughters, Karen Freeman of Gig Harbor, Washington and Janice McMaster of Mission Viejo, California; and his foster son, Son Van Truong and family of Lacey, along with 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Lloyd is further survived by his brother, Dwight DeBoer of Olympia and his sister, Patricia Harris of Des Moines, Washington. His two brothers, Ray and Eugene DeBoer, preceded him in death. Following cremation, memorial services celebrating Lloyd's life will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 2 PM. A reception will be held in The Parish Hall in the same building after the memorial service. Friends and relatives are welcome at the memorial service and the reception. Possible Wake at a local pub either after the memorial service and reception or on another day. Check with Neil for details. Donations in Lloyd' name can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church.