CINCINNATI — Larry Jacob Loyd, a devout Christian, died peacefully in Cincinnati with his family Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the age of 82.
He was beloved husband of Gloria Blanco Loyd; loving father of the late Larry J. Loyd Jr. and Edgar E. Loyd of Cincinnati; dear grandfather of Catherine A. Loyd; loving brother of Sheridan L. Loyd Jr. and USN Capt. Rupert H. Loyd Sr. Also survived by numerous nephews and nieces in the U.S. and Colombia, South America.
Born in Newark, Ohio, May 7, 1930, to Sheridan and Mildren (Hare) Loyd, Larry graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1949, skipping his graduation to join the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean War flying on 41 combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS Antietam, receiving the U.S. Air Medal for meritorious aerial service. He later attended Ohio University and during his career was a pilot, teacher, farmer, engineer, researcher, inventor, programmer, entrepreneur and writer.
He built and repaired manufacturing facilities all over the U.S., often flying his own civil aircraft to job sites. After joining P&G in 1973, he managed construction projects for plants in Mexico City, Japan and Saudi Arabia. In 1982, he started his own company, Computer & Mail Inc., and wrote computer software programs. During his retirement he wrote a commentary on the Bible and tinkered with building Tesla coils.
He met the love of his life while working at a petroleum refinery at Barrancabermeja, Colombia, and they were married in Panama City, Panama, June 22, 1971.
A visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home of Spring Grove Cemetery. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Private interment will be at Spring Grove Memorial Mausoleum.
Sympathy may be expressed by a memorial contribution to the alumni association of U.S. Navy Squadron VC-35 or to the University of Cincinnati Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.