Spanish-American War vet John W. Lloyd dies at 87
John W. Lloyd, one of six remaining Wilmington area Spanish-American War veterans, died yesterday after a brief illness.
Lloyd, 87, was a Newark native who served with the 1st Delaware Regiment from 1898 to 1900 but never got overseas. He was an active and past commander of Delaware's George Paul Farrell Camp 1, United Spanish War veterans.
He died in Brandywine Springs Nursing and Convalescent Home, where he had been confined for two weeks.
Only recently Lloyd had informed officials he would be unable to join four colleagues in the camp's annual participation in Newark's Memorial Day observance Sunday.
After last year's observance, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation for many years of participation in the event.
A widower, he made is home with his son-in-law and only daughkter, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Kleffman of 1406 Shipley Road, Shipley Heights.
Lloyd retired 10 years ago from civilian service with the U. S. Navy that spanned World Wars I and II.
He was a master mechanic who also had worked for the Harlan and Hollingsworth Co., Pusey & Jones Corp., Bethlehem Steel Corp., and the Du Pont Co.
Lloyd was born on Sept. 11, 1877, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine.
Interviewed before Memorial Day two years ago, Lloyd recalled his days as a Camp Mead, Pa., horseback courier during the Spanish-American War.
"The Army wasn't like it is today." he said then. "We slept on the ground on blankets."
Known as an extremely energetic man, Lloyd was a member of Temple Lodge No. 11, AF&AM, the Masonic Club, and West Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be Saturday morning at 11 from the Beeson Funeral Home, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Penny Hill. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call tomorrow night at the funeral hone. The family has requested that flowers be omitted.
(The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 20 May 1965 (Thursday), Page 32)
Mary E. McFarlin Lloyd
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