Lloyd Orlando Wood (known to his family as “Grampop”) was born in Upper Providence, PA on May 30, 1923, to Herbert Wood and Martha (Woodrow) Wood. He went to be with his Savior on October 14, 2020 at his home in Sugar Grove, Illinois at the age of 97. He is survived by his wife, Mona Locke Wood (married January 28, 1955 in Chester, PA); his three sons: Ron and wife Denise (AZ), Jeff and wife Carol (CO), and (Lloyd) Richard and wife Laura (IL); 13 grandchildren (Matt Westbrook, Max Wood and Molly Wood; Kristen Wooley, Lindsey Jones and Daniel Wood; Alison Schwarz, Tim Wood, David Wood, Paul Wood, Elizabeth Schultz, Jennifer Wood, Nathan Wood); and 27 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Lloyd graduated from Nether Providence High School in 1940. He served in the United States Navy during World War II (as well as the Korean War) and remained a patriotic soul his whole life. (His love for America probably inspired some of his extensive travel - throughout all 50 states!) After the war, he went to college at PMC Chester, PA and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. He went on to work faithfully for 29 years as a Customer Engineer at IBM, fixing computers throughout the region.
He often traveled by train for his work, which he likely enjoyed - model trains were a lifelong hobby of his. He built extensive platforms for model trains in several of his homes. Lloyd also enjoyed golfing (he and Mona would golf on his work trips to New York - paying 89 cents/round!) and fixing things around the house.
Lloyd met Mona through his work, after he was assigned to be the new serviceman for her workplace. Before he came, a mutual friend told Mona, “You’re going to get a new serviceman, and I think he and you would make a great couple!” After visiting Mona’s work a few times to offer repairs, Lloyd found out she had bought a car, and teased her, “When are you gonna take me for a ride in your new car?” That Sunday they went out, and they quickly began dating. He proposed to her in Ocean City, and they were married at Nativity Lutheran Church in Chester, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1955.
During their 65 years of marriage, Lloyd and Mona made their home in many places: from Chester (PA) to New York to Glen Mills (PA), where they raised their sons. In the ‘80s they moved to South Carolina and built a house near their favorite vacation spot in Myrtle Beach. After a few years of traveling the country in a mobile home, serving with MMAP (Mobile Missions Assistance Program), they moved to Wheaton (IL). After a short time back in Myrtle Beach (SC), they spent 18 years in Colorado Springs, and finally moved to Sugar Grove (IL) in 2014.
Lloyd and Mona were involved in worshiping and serving at churches in all the cities where they lived; they have many Christian friends across the country, and now in heaven. Lloyd loved sacred music - from grand choral music to simple hymn arrangements, played by his granddaughters. His favorite hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Ivory Palaces.”
Grampop enjoyed cheering on his thirteen grandchildren - he and Gramona often traveled long distances to show support at sporting events, music performances, graduation ceremonies and weddings. He also was able to meet twenty-seven of his great-grandchildren!
A memorial service will be held for Lloyd at 2:00 PM on November 21st, 2020, at Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove, Illinois, where he and Mona have worshiped since moving to Illinois in 2014. He will be buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.
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