October 23, 1942 – October 8, 2021
Oakdale, California – As a child, Lloyd lived in Monrovia, California. He was the oldest of four children born to Harold & Vernice Stueve. He grew up on the family Alta-Dena dairy farm in Monrovia and attended Lutheran Church and the Missouri Synod Elementary School. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Los Angeles.
After traveling to Europe with a friend, draft army papers awaited him on his return. In May 1964, he was drafted into the army at the age of 21. The project commitment was two years. He was part of the 597th Transportation Co. which was deployed by President Johnson to Vietnam. After his return, he married Nancy Jane Peck in 1966. They returned to their hometown of Monrovia. Nancy taught elementary school and Lloyd worked at Alta-Dena Dairy while attending Citrus College, then transferred to the University of Southern California.
In 1969 Lloyd & Nancy moved to Oakdale, California to operate a heifer ranch. In addition to the dairy heifers, they raised their four wonderful children, Gage, Guy, Betsy and Katie on this ranch. He loved and cherished their wives, Jenny, Shelly, Jake and Sean, as they became an important part of the Stueve team. Lloyd and Nancy were also blessed with nine grandchildren. Carson, Annaliese, Madelyn, Lydia, Avery, Kade, Paige, Beau and Joule enjoyed their grandfather Lloyd and all the ranch type activities he was involved in.
Lloyd was an active man and enjoyed many sports such as hunting, skiing, aviation, polo, surfing, gardening, and camping, to name a few. He had a lot of zest for life. He loved to be on the go and if there was something with four wheels or four legs available he would be gone. Nancy said: “If we were a car it would be the accelerator and it would be the brakes.” Nancy really enjoyed the countless adventures she had with Lloyd.
In 1974 Lloyd was selected to be a member of Agricultural Leadership Associates, Class IV. This class has traveled locally, nationally and internationally to study many aspects of agriculture around the world. Contacts and friendships were formed with many prominent men in California agriculture during this time. These men were encouraged to reenter society and share what they had learned. Lloyd did so and became president of the Farm Bureau in Stanislaus County. He served a term.
Lloyd came from a family of dairy farmers, so it seemed natural to him that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and develop a dairy in the Central Valley. S&G Dairy was created with a partner, Mr. Fraser Graham. Later, after her sons graduated from college, the family decided to build a larger dairy that would support all families. Organic milk became the product he wanted the dairy to focus on. A New Zealand style rotary dairy barn was built. He spent several good years milking in this new barn and sharing his passion for organic milk and farming practices. Other efforts were also started by the family – organic eggs, organic olive oil, and organic alfalfa. Lloyd loved watching his children continue to cultivate the land and create healthy products.
In his later years, Lloyd was ready to do a bit more “straddling” and Percheron horses, wagons and wagon trains became his passion. This passion began after meeting another man with the last name “Stueve” at a draft horse show in Grass Valley. This friendly meeting allowed Lloyd to receive two Percheron horses to bring home and with which to train. When he became good at driving horses, he shared his passion with young and old. He participated in many activities for his family, friends, church and community. He was very happy with a bunch of smiling faces enjoying the wagon ride. Lloyd also loved his historic boxcar adventures and got a glimpse of what our settlers did.
He was a man of Christian principles, faithful, friendly, cheerful, generous and fun. He especially enjoyed helping with children’s activities in church and kindergarten. He was committed to serving the Lord.
Lloyd was a big family man with a growing family business. It’s just how he loved her. He continually thanked the Lord for his blessings, his provisions, his love, and his loyalty to his family and these endeavors. He will be sorely missed. Our memories of him will become our TREASURES!
A Celebration of Life will be held on 10/24/21 at 1:00 p.m., 10528 Hwy 120, Oakdale, CA 95361
Instead of flowers and to help us honor Lloyd’s life … please go do something nice for someone, send a postcard, volunteer in your church and community, or help out someone in need. Be the reason someone is smiling today, just like Lloyd did every day!
Posted by Modesto Bee on October 20, 2021.