Reo Lee Lloyd, 70, resident of Moscow, Idaho.
Reo Lee Lloyd of Moscow, Idaho, passed away at his home on Monday, June 17, 2019. Reo was born in Moscow on June 13, 1949 to Robert E. Lloyd and Dorothy (Obershaw) Lloyd. He was raised in Moscow and lived the majority of his life on the family farm on the extension of North Polk.
Reo spent his childhood traveling with his parents around the west - visiting national parks and attending many Idaho, Oregon & Washington Rodeos where his father was a participant, and later a judge. After graduating from Moscow High School in 1969, Reo joined the U.S. Military and served in the Navy for 8 years, including action in the Vietnam War.
Reo was a Journeyman Carpenter, and his skills allowed him to work alongside his father for many years, making stops throughout Southeast Alaska and living in Sitka, Alaska in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During his time in Sitka, Reo was also an avid scuba diver, volunteered for the Sitka Fire Department and served as an EMT.
In 1978 Reo was awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Medal after rescuing a drowning boater after the boater’s skiff had overturned in the icy channel waters just outside Sitka. In 1979 Reo again braved the frigid waters of Alaska and risked his life to swim two miles to rescue himself and a friend when his own boat failed and was stranded for 36 hours on Belknap Island. After both incidents Reo had little to say and declined to have his photo taken for the local newspaper.
Following his father’s death in 1989, Reo purchased the family farmhouse and settled down in Moscow. He continued his work as a carpenter and was longtime UBC member, eventually serving as an Officer of the Local 313 and voted to be the representative on the Pacific Northwest Regional Council.
Lately, on most afternoons around 4:30 PM, you would find Reo opening up the bar at the Moscow Moose Lodge 871 – where he was a member, a volunteer, an Officer of the Board, and served as Governor of the Lodge. Reo was also a member of the Paradise Lodge No. 17 A.F & A.M. in Moscow, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a Noble of Calam Shrine Temple and Shriner’s International.
In 2018 Reo gifted an eight-acre parcel of his land to Latah County, to be used as a natural park and named after his father, Robert E. Lloyd. His desire was for Moscow residents to be able to enjoy the over 500 trees – conifers, plum and oak – he had planted on that property over the years.
Reo loved his family and was deeply appreciative of the love of his step mother, Louise Lloyd, who passed away in 2003, and who he called “Mama Lou.” He will be missed by all of his brothers, sisters, and friends he made along the journey.
In keeping with Reo’s wishes, no formal services will be held. Donations in Reo’s name can be made to the Moscow Moose Lodge 871.