Lloyd W. Page, Janesville, WI
April 3, 1923 - November 11, 2017
Dearly loved and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Lloyd W. Page, 94, of Janesville, WI, departed this life on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at his home at Cedar Crest, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 3, 1923 in Reedsburg, WI, the son of Harry I. and Edna (Wilkens) Page. In 1942, midway through his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served on active duty in Europe until the end of World War II, serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany. After the war, he promptly returned to the UW, graduating in 1948 with a BA in history with honors. Lloyd later received his Masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Lloyd married Margaret “Peggy” Thomas on June 2, 1951. It was a long and loving partnership. He frequently said it was the best decision he ever made. She predeceased him on September 27, 2012. Lloyd was formerly employed by Beloit Memorial High School for 37 years, teaching Social Studies. He was instrumental in adding advanced placement courses in American history and sociology. He was department chair for many years, before retiring in 1984. He was a long time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beloit. He served as a vestrymen multiple times, taught adult Sunday school, chaired the outreach committee, co-chaired the sesquicentennial celebration and chaired the garden committee. Lloyd was a very active community volunteer. He helped lead a housing rehabilitation project for low-income families in the 1960’s. For many decades, he served in various leadership positions as a volunteer for Caritas, Meals on Wheels, the Beloit Historical Society, and the Welty Environmental Center. Lloyd was an avid gardener and passionate nature lover. He lived in communion with the trees, flowers, birds and soil of the neighborhoods he frequented. Many hours of deep contentment were invested in nurturing plants - inside and out - often whistling complex and spontaneous compositions as he built his relationships with nature. Lloyd was also a tireless advocate for social justice. He understood that inequality threatens our democracy, and he did all he could to create a society of genuine opportunity for all. One of his lifelong passions was long political conversations. Near the end of his life, he indicated how sorry he was to miss the revolution he felt the U.S. needed and must have in order to restore our nation’s promise. Another passion of Lloyd’s was spending time with his family. He truly loved the many holiday meals, outings and Lake Superior vacations shared with family. He was known as a ruthless competitor on the croquet fields and at the Aggravation board. His family will so miss his constant support and wise counsel, his twinkling eyes and ready laugh.
Survivors include his children: Chris (Jacquie Schuh) Page of Deerfield, WI, Kathy Page of Silver Spring, MD, and Jeff Page of Rockford, IL; grandchildren: Jarryd (Lindsay) Page, Jodie Ritsch, Page Schuh and Zoe Page; great-grandchildren: Trenton, Jaymen and Adeline Ritsch. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Arlene Burkhart; brother, Marvin Page; and Kathy’s husband, Dean McDonald.
Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, WI, with the Reverend Dr. Helen W. Tester officiating. Inurnment will be in the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea Columbarium. Visitation of Remembrance will be from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the Church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given in his name to Meals on Wheels or Beloit Regional Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.