Mervin Lloyd was born in Brock, Saskatchewan on December 29,1939 to parents Marjorie and John. He died peacefully at his care home in Kelowna on August 23, 2020. He was 80 years old. He is grieved by his entire family: Crystal, John and Michael Marshall; John, Tana, Kali, Alex and Thomas Lloyd; Carla and Brennan Lloyd; Penny Lloyd; Jacqui and Nicko Lloyd; Maureen Kreck; sister Mary Hankewich; Tammy, Les, Tyler and Riley Higens; Tim and Jill Hankewich, as well as extended family and friends.
Mervin was a successful farmer, inventor, and dedicated son to his parents. He married Maureen Krauchek in November 1960 and they moved to the farm near D’Arcy in the spring of 1961. While living on the farm Mervin and Maureen had 5 children. Jacqui, Penny, Carla, John, and Crystal came into the world between the years 1961 and 1969. Over the years they expanded the farm, including building a new home in 1975 along with many other farm improvements such as bins, a large quonset and heated workshop. Mervin was innovative like his father. Crop diversification was a key factor in his farming success. He was on the leading edge of several crop introductions to Western Canada. Mervin was mechanically gifted and invented several agricultural machines which were later patented in North America. From 1971 to 1983, Mervin was a board member and later Chairman of the Rosetown School Board. Also an astute businessman, Mervin incorporated the farm in 1981. Mervin and his son John began farming together in the late 1980s. He continued to farm until his retirement in 2010.
Always the jokester, Mervin loved fun. He erected a point of interest monument near the farm which reads "On this site in 1897 nothing happened". He never hesitated to crack a joke, or play a prank, on an unsuspecting family member or friend. He was an avid historian and spent many winter days learning about history and politics. He also took special interest in his family history, travelling to Wales to meet and engage in the lives of his relatives there. He loved being on the water and spent many hours tooling around the shores of Shuswap Lake on his houseboat with family and friends. He travelled through most of Canada and the United States in his RV, taking time to meet new friends over an evening campfire along the way. He spent his later years developing his love of history by travelling the globe while liberally sharing his sense of humour with all he came in contact with. He enjoyed many trips to exotic locations, including Mexico, Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, France, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Egypt and Australia. He spent his last years at Glenmore Lodge in Kelowna where he befriended all who cared for him.
Due to the current Covid-19 gathering restrictions, A Celebration of Mervin’s life with family, close friends and neighbours will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at D’Arcy Cemetery. Those wishing to support the family may view a recording of the service on Mervin’s obituary page at shanidarfuneralservices.com. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan 301-2550-12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X1.
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