W.A. "Bill" Lloyd

1932 - 2014


In Loving Memory

W.A. “Bill” Lloyd

October 1st, 1932 – May 11th, 2014

Longtime resident and business owner William A. Lloyd passed away on May 11th, 2014 at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla.

Bill was born on October 1st, 1932 in Walla Walla to Wilma and R.C. “Bob” Lloyd. He attended schools in Walla Walla, and graduated from Wa-Hi in 1950. While at Wa-Hi Bill was a cadet major in ROTC and participated in FFA. He was active in the Boy Scouts, and later received the Silver Beaver and lifetime scouting achievement awards. He also played violin in the Walla Walla Symphony.

He attended Whitman College for one year and then transferred to WSU into the ROTC program. While at WSU he pledged Theta Chi fraternity. Bill received his BA in Business Administration in 1954.

He was then commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the 501st Division of Signal Corp, and spent his military time at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. He received honorable discharge in 1956. Upon returning to Walla Walla, Bill joined Lloyd’s Insurance, a family business that had been started by his grandfather E.C. Lloyd. Bill eventually became principal owner and president of the agency, retiring in 1985.

Bill was a dedicated volunteer and involved in community organizations in a wide variety of areas. Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Walla Walla YMCA and Goodwill Industries, and as President of the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Mountain Council Walla Walla. He was active in numerous community organizations, including the Elks Club, Chamber of Commerce, Retired Military Officers Association, Walla Walla Country Club, and Rotary Club, where Bill was honored with the Dedicated Service Award. In recent years, one of his greatest joys was his membership on the Board of Fort Walla Walla Museum, and serving as a volunteer docent where he enjoyed meeting and talking to people from all over the country.

He obtained his pilot’s license in 1958 from Martin Aviation, and in 1968 owned and flew a glider. His love for ‘lighter-than-air’ craft, specifically gas and hot air balloons, began in 1973. Bill was a respected pilot who not only participated in but founded many balloon events around the country. With Nat and Ginger Vale-Kelly, Bill co-founded the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede, and formed a balloon distributorship Void Enterprises. He provided safety expertise at many events, and pilot instruction for many northwest pilots. Two of his most memorable events were flying out of the Expo ’74 opening ceremonies in Spokane, WA, and flying in the U.S. entry in the famous Gordon Bennett gas balloon race, on May 26th, 1978, in Long Beach, CA. Over the course of his career, Bill designed, owned and operated five balloons.

Bill and Rosemary were married on November 2nd, 1961.

Both had children from prior marriages, and theirs became a “yours, mine, and ours” family. The separate families blended into one, with a lifetime of great times and memories. They loved camping, hiking, boating, skiing, and ballooning.

Bill and his wife Rosemary loved traveling and journeyed throughout the world. They also spent several years exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico in their motorhome.

Bill was a prolific reader, and loved military history. He also rescued and cared for any stray animal that wandered his way.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Jack Lloyd. He is survived by his wife Rosemary Lloyd (Walla Walla), his brother Ron Lloyd and wife Cindy (Sandpoint, ID), son Steven C. Lloyd (Auburn, WA), and daughters Cyndra L. Lloyd-VanDonge (Walla Walla), Melissa Z. Lloyd (Beaverton, OR), and Jennifer L. Lloyd-Charlo and husband Dave (Clarkston, WA).

Bill is also survived by seven grandchildren: Joshua D. VanDonge (Walla Walla), Abbie L. VanDonge (Panama), Nathan A. Solbach and wife Yuko (Portland, OR), Erich V. Solbach and wife Ronna (Rio Grande, NJ), Bryan E. Solbach (Vancouver, WA), Breann Charlo-Klinginsmith and husband Justin (Clarkston, WA), Cory R. Charlo-Webster and husband Mike (Hayden, ID). A brand new ‘great-grandchild’ will soon be born as well. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and good friends.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Carmody, and to the staff of the WA. Odd Fellows home in Walla Walla, especially the East Care Unit, for their wonderful care and support during his time there. Also, thanks to Dr. Chapin and staff for their kindness, and to Neil Cochran, who made Bill’s Wednesdays fun by taking him for drives, donuts, and to his Clarettes coffee group.

Contributions in memory of Bill can be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, Fort Walla Walla Museum, or a charity of your choice, c/o Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am, at the First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. 1st St. Walla Walla, WA. There will be a private internment with family.


Jerrycummins 1 year, 2 months ago

Bill was a strong supporter of Walla Walla and WSU but even more he was a local entrepreneur who loved his family and his friends. To his family we can only extend our sincere sympathy, knowing Bill will live in the hearts and minds of many of us for a lifetime. To me, he was a mentor, confidant but more than anything else--a friend. He leaves a legacy of dedicated service. Truly, the ultimate measure of a person is service to others, and Bill will come out on top.


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