DANVILLE — Lloyd Hale Beynon, 87, of Danville, passed away at 10:43 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Hawthorne Inn Nursing Home in Danville.
Lloyd was born on March 29, 1924, to Louis and Emma (Squires) Beynon in Divernon.
He was raised and educated in Divernon where he graduated high school then left on April 7, 1943, to join the United States Army Air Force.
On April 21, he was sent to Kearns, Utah, for basic training where he was promoted to private first class and then sent to administration school in Brookings, S.D. In August 1943, he was assigned to guard duty on the USS Argentina on a trip to Burtonwood, England. As much as he wanted to fly, his feet were firmly on the ground in England to help supply the troops. In June 1944, he was on detached service where he lived in private homes or in an apartment and had a permanent 24-hour pass, a British ration card and lived like a British civilian. In February 1946, he was promoted to sergeant. In each of his assignments, he was administrator and finance noncommissioned officer.
While serving in the United Services Automobile Association, he met the love of his life, an English gal, Marjorie Mary “Joan” Tarzey. On March 19, 1946, they married in Bristol, England. On April 10, 1946, he boarded the USS Tusculum Victory at Southampton for the trip back to the USA.
After his wife arrived from England, they settled in Decatur. Using the GI Bill of Rights, Lloyd attended Millikin University in Decatur. After graduation from Millikin, Lloyd, Joan and daughter, Gay, went to England where he attended Bristol University. Arriving back in the USA, he worked for a short time for Firestone in Danville as office and credit manager. In 1952 he accepted the position of customer billing supervisor, ballast department at General Electric. He held various positions, all in the financial section, until retiring in 1986.
Lloyd was a partner with Robert “Bud” Britton in a real estate partnership that bought and renovated homes. He was an avid participant in the Boy Scouts, serving as scout master on the council level organizing “camporees” and was inducted into The Order of the Arrow. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 210, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vermilion County War Museum in Danville, Burtonwood Association in England and the Masons in Divernon.
Lloyd was a conservative and very generous man, establishing three endowments at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the memory of Gerry and Ted Murzynski. He also set up a Charitable Remainder Trust, benefiting the Danville Public Library, Danville Area Community College Foundation and Provena United Samaritans Foundation.
Surviving are one son, Mark (Janne) Beynon; one daughter, Gay (Bill) Takakoshi; two granddaughters, Sarah (Eric) Lindley and Jessica (Craig) Barton; one great-grandson, Grayson “Lloyd” Lindley; a very special friend, Nancy Naylor; sister-in-law, Simone Tarzey; two nephews, Daniel (Netti) Tarzey and David (Ann) Leonhard.
His parents preceded him in death as well as his wife, Joan; two sisters, Gwendolyn (Ed) Leonhard and Geraldine (Ted) Murzynski; one brother, Louis Evan Jr. (Ruth Durst) Beynon; his mother-in-law, Mrs. E.B. Tarzey; and brother-in-law, Hugh Tarzey.
Cremation rites have been accorded. All services are private for the family. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, is in charge of arrangements. A burial of ashes will take place at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Danville, Brush Creek Cemetery in Divernon and Clifton Downs in Bristol, England, at a later date.
Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to Danville Public Library, Danville Area Community College, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center or the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.