March 12, 1917 - Sept. 28, 2010
Lloyd Henry Skramstad, an apprentice and follower of Jesus Christ, went to the heavens on Sept. 28, 2010, after a brief illness. He was born in Rolette, N.D., on March 12, 1917, to George and Anna Peterson and lived a happy and fulfilling life for some 93 years. He was adopted by John and Petra Skramstad at the age of 2 upon the passing of his biological mother. The Skramstads then moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Lloyd was schooled and raised. It was in 1940 that he met the love of his life, Helen Rogers, at a small Church of God congregation in Moscow and was later married on Aug. 30, 1942, in Walla Walla. They just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Lloyd and Helen located in Moscow, where they had four children.
Lloyd worked for Allis-Chalmers, for the Latah County Highway Department and for the University of Idaho heating and cooling division. When they moved from a small farm on Robinson Lake Road into town, they started renting rooms to University of Idaho students. Then Lloyd and Helen opened a one-of-a-kind shelter home for the elderly that was accredited and offered special care for each patient. The Skramstad Shelter Home operated for 20 years and became a sanctuary for those who had no place else to go and where they were treated like one of the family. It was not unusual to sit down to dinner for 20 or more people and hear stories from the Old West and from all walks of life. Each evening dinner was concluded with a reading from the Bible and a prayer.
In 1980, Lloyd and Helen retired from Moscow to Walla Walla and took two of their favorite patients with them for care until they later passed away. They cherished their friends made in these later years and enjoyed the fellowship of the First Church of God, where Lloyd served on the board of trustees. They lived there for 19 years before moving to Oklahoma City in 1999, with one of their sons and his wife. They have made many friends here and have so appreciated the Keenagers and the Challengers Sunday School Class at Crossings.
Lloyd had six sisters and one brother. He leaves behind two living sisters, Signe Saager of Cando, N.D., and Edna Eigsti of Friend, Neb.; his wife, Helen Skramstad of Oklahoma City; and four children, George Skramstad (wife Pat) of Edmond, Okla., Louanna Skramstad of Wichita, Kan., Arvin Skramstad (wife Joyce) of Gloucester City, N.J., and Vernice Herbig (husband Allan) Lethbridge of Alberta, Canada. He has enjoyed seven grandchildren, Michelle, Sydney, Amy, Susan, Arvin (who passed away at the age of 5 from leukemia), Brandon and Maxwell. He has also been blessed with four great-grandchildren, Dalton, Andrew, Abigail and Stuart.
A memorial service of Christian celebration will be held at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City on Friday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the worship ministries of Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland, OKC, OK 73134. Special thanks are given to Crossings Community Church, Bellevue Health and Rehab, Karen Watson, Dr. Steve Vernier and the friends and family who have loved Lloyd (and Helen) over these many years.