Lloyd C. Farquhar, 90, of Belleville, Ill., born May 4, 1919, in Cincinnati, Ohio, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
Lloyd moved with his family to East St. Louis, Ill., while still a toddler. He attended East St. Louis public schools through high school before receiving a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1940. He began his career as an engineer in 1940, with American Steel Foundries in Chicago. He also worked for American Steel in their Granite City foundry before leaving to go to work for East St. Louis Castings in 1946. From shortly after his arrival until 1982, Mr. Farquhar served as the vice-president, and later as the
president of East St. Louis Castings Company, which included three foundries, two in East St. Louis and one in West Memphis, Ark.
He was involved in many civic and foundry industry activities. He served as president of both the Gray Iron Research Institute and the Gray Iron Founders Association and as the vice-president of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders of Security Savings Association in Belleville and served as a board member for the Bank of Belleville and the Central Institute for the Deaf for many years.
Lloyd served as president of the East St. Louis United Fund and received the “Man of the Year” award from that organization in 1962. He also started the Family Service Agency in St. Clair County and served for many years as a board member for Memorial Hospital. After retiring, he served as the lay leader of the St. Louis Gateway Cursillo organization, an interdenominational faith community.
Although a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belleville at the time of his death, Lloyd was a devoted and active member of Signal Hill Methodist Church in Belleville for more than 50 years and served on many committees during his time at the church. He was also an avid golfer and a lifelong member of St. Clair Country Club.
Lloyd married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Strothmann, on June 14, 1941, and they enjoyed a wonderful time together for more than 67 years. He and Betty loved to travel and vacationed extensively both in and out of the country. They spent many happy moments with their children and their families. Throughout his life, Lloyd loved playing games with the children in his family and rarely missed any of their activities. He had numerous friends in many walks of life and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Nora, nee Endsley, Farquhar.
Surviving are his beloved wife Betty; a daughter, Jane Yemm of Mascoutah, Ill.; a son, Tom (Dede) Farquhar of Belleville, Ill.; a sister, Katherine Ford of St. Louis County, Mo.; five grandchildren, Sherry (Tommy) Martindale, Barb Evans, Tim (Laura) Farquhar, Mack (Becky) Farquhar, and Lissa Farquhar; and four great-grandchildren, Cody Schubert, Katherine Martindale, Caitlin Evans, and Taylor Evans.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospital or to First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2009, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at First United Presbyterian Church, Route 161 and Royal Heights Road, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, Ill., with the Rev. Greg Stovell officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
/Published in Belleville News-Democrat from June 7 to June 8, 2009./