Lloyd “Midge” Amsden

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Lloyd “Midge” Eldon Amsden was called home to be with his Lord.  His strong faith and his loving family sustained him in his last battle. Lloyd was born on June 16, 1925, to Peter and Amanda (Waterman) Amsden. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Elkport, Iowa. Lloyd graduated from Elkport High School with class of 1946, and later served in the United States Army.  

Lloyd was united in marriage to Wanda Stewart on May 26, 1951. They raised their seven children on an acreage in rural Elkport, over the course of 62 years. Prior to owning the Texaco Station in the Elkport/Garber area, he farmed and did mechanic work out of his garage on the farm. He also worked for Clayton County Secondary Roads as a mechanic for twenty plus years, as well as a mechanic for Rodenberg Construction after his retirement.   Lloyd served on the Hope Lutheran Church Council for 18 years and was instrumental in rebuilding the church after the Littleport flood in 1999.   

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bird watching, playing cards and dominos with his friends and family and caring for his many pets, in particular his dog, Sally.  

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Wanda Amsden, rural Edgewood; his children, Larry (Bonnie) Purman, Elkader, Janet Lindenberg, Tucson, AZ, Lonny (Patty) Amsden, Littleport, Penny (Bruce) Rippentrop, Northfield, MN, Loyal Amsden, Edgewood,  Loren (Jo) Amsden, Farmersburg, Lance (Kristy) Amsden, Garnavillo; eleven grandchildren,  Gayle Purman, Dubuque, Kiya (Chad) Yoakum, Phoenix, AZ, Tracy (Bobby) Wilson, Prescott, AZ,  Peter (Holly) Purman, Elkader, Sara Purman, Elkader, Cole (Amy) Amsden, Littleport, Taylor Amsden and Haley Amsden, Dubuque, Bryce Rippentrop, Northfield, MN, Brooklyn Amsden and Addison Amsden, Garnavillo; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse Gelner, Des Moines, Josh Purman, Cedar Falls, Alyssa Purman and Zander Purman, Elkader, Peyton Purman, Dubuque, Trevor Amsden and Ethan Amsden, Littleport; one sister, Emma Lou Gull, Garber and many friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Amanda Amsden; two brothers, Carl Amsden and Lawrence Amsden and one granddaughter, Jennifer Amsden Cornwell.  

Midge will be greatly missed by his friends and family.  

Funeral services were Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport, with Pastor Paul Fohs and Pastor Roland Waterman officiating. Judy Koth was the organist. Burial with military honors was at Hansel Cemetery, rural Garber. Pallbearers were Gayle Purman, Peter Purman, Cole Amsden, Bryce Rippentrop, Keith Ashline and Fred Shaffer, and honorary pallbearers were Kiya Yoakum, Tracy Wilson, Sara Purman, Taylor Amsden, Haley Amsden, Brooklyn Amsden and Addison Amsden.  

Leonard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com

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