Lloyd Phillip Harders, of Winona, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Sauer Healthcare in Winona, MN.
Lloyd was born on February 14, 1928 to Edwin and Beatrice (Bolderman) Harders in St. Paul, MN. He attended Winona Senior High and joined the United States Navy in January of 1946 where he proudly served as a gunner aboard the Heavy Cruiser USS Los Angeles CA135. In 1995, he was excited and honored to attend the Commemorative Ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the initial commissioning of his beloved ship (1945 – 1995) in San Pedro, CA.
Lloyd returned home two years later to marry his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Gardner on July 2, 1949 at Central United Methodist Church in Winona. They made their home in Winona where they raised their three children Toni, Craig and Jean. Throughout the years, Lloyd and Phyllis were members of the Golden Retriever Club of America where they showed their beloved Goldens in dog shows and field trials throughout the Midwest. They also enjoyed raising Airedale Terriers, as dogs were always a big part of their lives.
Lloyd started working for the United States Postal Service in October of 1956 where he continued to work for the next 30 years as a mail carrier. He retired in December of 1985. He made many friends on his mail route and was often referred to as “Lloyd the friendly mailman”.
Lloyd was an avid outdoorsman and lived most of his life on the Mississippi River. He especially enjoyed deer hunting and fishing for bass and walleye. Lloyd enjoyed his time as a fishing guide for Arctic Circle Lodge and Great Slave Lake Lodge in the Northwest Territories of Canada. He also had his own part time guide service in the area.
Lloyd was a member of the Winona Rod and Gun Club, Hiawatha Valley Bassmasters, Buffalo City Bass Masters, the Minnesota City Boat Club and Hiawatha Valley Audubon. Lloyd and Phyllis were also active members of the “Nifty 50’s” social group and enjoyed card parties, cocktails and pot luck dinners with friends. He and Phyllis loved playing cribbage with each other and friends.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents; sister Florence Scherer; daughter-in-law Kathy Harders. He will be greatly missed by his children Toni (Steve) Sherwood of Goodview, Craig (Julie Gettler) of Rollingstone, Jean (Mark) Koenig of Pine Island; six grandchildren Casie, Kelly, Michael, Cory, Nikki and Molly; three step grandchildren Chris, Jessica and Katie; five great grandchildren Paige, Pierce, Caleb, Claire and Lexie; a step great granddaughter Marissa, along with many other relatives and friends and a new great grandson due to be born next week.
Services to Remember Lloyd will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. with dinner following the service. Placement in the niche will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona with military honors provided by Leon J. Wetzel American Legion Post 9.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfunerlahime.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.