Harold “Lloyd” Oosterhuis, age 86, of Cambridge died May 31, 2016 at home. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday, June 3rd at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 4th at Common Ground – A United Methodist Community, 404 Cypress St. N., Cambridge, with a visitation also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Harold “Lloyd” Oosterhuis, son of Rudolph and Catherine Oosterhuis, was born on September 14, 1929 in Sheldon, Iowa. He lived on the family farm in Hoopers, Iowa until the age of two, when the family moved to a farm northeast of Ogilvie, Minnesota, where he attended school.
He loved living on the farm and eagerly helped milk the cows each morning and night, as well as the other chores. He had a pet pony that provided hours of entertainment, and later on a mule he would ride.
As a teenager he worked in the grain fields of North Dakota and South Dakota. Due to his father’s illness he returned home to take over the family farm. In 1947 he enlisted in the Army and served one year. Upon returning home he worked at a small welding company in Mora, Minnesota where he worked for three years.
On October 8, 1950 he married Iona Mart and later became the proud father of three children, Connie, Lori, and Brad. They rented a house west of Mora for one year and in 1952 moved to a small farm in Quamba. He worked in artificial breeding around the Milaca area where he and his family lived for five years until transferring to the Lindstrom area. Upon moving to Orlando, Florida two years later, he began work at the Martin aeronautics plant. He and his family moved back to Minnesota not long after when he began work for the American Breeders Association.
He drove a semi-trailer truck for most of his career–20 years for Land-O-Lakes, and retired at the age of 60.
Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. The family owned 40 acres of land near Giese where he and his son hunted together for several years. Many summer weekends were spent camping throughout Minnesota.
After retiring, Lloyd and Iona sold their farm east of Mora and moved to a lake home near Isle.
Of their 10 years there many hours were spent boating and fishing. During this time they took many trips all over the world including Holland, Jamaica, Hawaii, Australia, Alaska and Canada. They also saw many parts of the U.S. in their motor home.
After spending winters in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, they decided that Arizona was their favorite. They spent 22 years during the winter months in the Phoenix area. Lloyd enjoyed hiking in the desert mountains with his five buddies. He was also active at the community rock shop and made beautiful clocks, coaster sets, and jewelry.
In 2004, Lloyd and Iona moved from Isle to the Pine Village community of Cambridge. Lloyd enjoyed volunteering at the Cambridge hospital for several years. He liked serving his community and visiting with the hospital staff and other volunteers.
Lloyd Oosterhuis passed away peacefully May 31, 2016 at home at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 17 days. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Rudolph and Catherine, brothers Frank and Jerry, sisters Theresa and Tina.
He is survived by his wife Iona of Cambridge, MN and daughters Connie of Milaca, MN and Lori of Independence, MO, son Brad (Beth) of Forest Lake, MN, grandchildren Chris (Alicia), Mandy (Long), Ryan (Amy), Jordan (Jessica), Dustin, Chelsea and Cole, great grandchildren Tyler, Arica, Lacey, Sierra, Julian, Anna, Luke, Dalton, Maddox, and Kaiden, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
Lloyd and Iona were neighborhood kids that loved each other as a couple, raised a wonderful family, worked together and shared 65 years of married life.
Rachel and Brian Petersen says
So sorry to hear about your loss. Sounds like he was a great man who will be missed by all. We’re thinking of you and keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if you need anything.
Jana Krater says
We are so thankful to have had Uncle Lloyd in our lives. I have many fond memories of him taking me ice fishing, driving the farm truck and driving his tractor (always my favorite). My children also got to go fishing and drive his tractor. He blessed our lives with his kindness, hospitality and conversations. Forever in our hearts.
Love from Florida, Jana, Dennis, DJ, Randi, Daniel, Charleigh and Sawyer.
Eileen Wanous says
I have enjoyed knowing you in the past couple of years. You are a beautiful, gracious and talented person. I have been privileged to be a recipient of your art work. I am so sorry about the passing
of your dear husband. I am now reading his obituary and can get a sense of the peaceful life you
and Lloyd made together. And the large wonderful family that you and Lloyd have enjoyed, and
can greatly appreciate the lasting memories that they have of Lloyd, that you and he fostered together.
Those are the character of memories that become part of the fabric of their lives, that knit you and
Lloyd together, forever.
Blessings of comfort and joy are the qualities that exude from you, Iona, to those around you;
I thank you for that and pray that all of that surrounds your heart and entire being during these
very sad days following the passing of your husband; your family’s father and grandpa.
Charlie Johnson says
Dear Iona, so sorry to here of Lloyds passing. I hope that the fond memories of the many years you had together will give you comfort and maybe a smile now and then. Charlie