Lloyd Hruby, 88, lifelong resident of rural Oxford, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. He passed peacefully at home with his wife Marie at his side.
Lloyd Eugene Hruby was born Nov. 10, 1932, the son of Stanley and Ethel (Mueller) Hruby. Following graduation from Oxford High School in 1951, he joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. On June 21, 1960, Lloyd married Marie Russell, daughter of Earl and Julie Russell of Mount Vernon. They were married at St. John's Catholic Church in Lisbon, Iowa, and immediately moved to the Hruby family farm to begin their career as lifelong farmers.
Lloyd devoted his life to his farm, family and faith. Generous, kind and humble, Lloyd always had a kind word for everyone. He never worked by a timeclock or scheduled hours, he worked by acres. From sun-up to sundown, he worked till the job was done. He was never happier anywhere in the world than he was on his farm.
Lloyd and Marie first met at CSPS dance hall in Cedar Rapids when he asked her to dance the 2-step circle dance. Devoted to their farm and to each other, they were partners for 60 years. Lloyd did not love sheep, but Marie did, so he helped her raise them for 60 years. He was an active member of the Oxford area Birthday Club since the 1960s and enjoyed being with his many friends at their gatherings.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Marie; his brothers and their wives, Richard Hruby (Merlene) and Donald Hruby (Lucille); sister-in-law, Shirley Hruby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ray S.Hruby; sister, Lue Ellen Larew; brother-in-law, Harold J. Larew; and brother-in-law, Don Russell.
A private Mass due to COVID-19 will be held for family and close friends, at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up memorials for the Oxford First Responders Services and St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.lensingfuneral.com.
Written by Lloyd's niece.