Lloyd Tesar - October 23, 2011Lloyd Leslie Tesar, 80, of Aurora, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora
Lloyd Leslie Tesar was born Dec. 21, 1930, on a farm near Beaver Crossing. His parents were Louis and Clara (Capek) Tesar of Beaver Crossing. Lloyd was the oldest of four children.
As a young boy, he attended Beaver Crossing School and graduated with the class of 1948.
Shortly after graduation, Lloyd enlisted and entered the United States Air Force in January of 1951. A highlight of his AP (Air Police) duty was saluting Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as he entered Forbes Air Base in Topeka, Kan. He was honorably discharged in December of 1954.
Before returning to the family farm, Lloyd owned a bar and was a professional painter specializing in high work which included towers, buildings, and bridges. Lloyd then came back to the family farm near Beaver Crossing to raise cattle, seed corn and other row crops. In 1978, he received a Grower Recognition Award from Golden Harvest for an outstanding high yield.
He married Ardis (West) Peterson on March 9, 1973. They met at a benefit dance and continued to enjoy dancing for most of their 37 years of marriage. He was proud to show off their golden goblets for best Polka dancers. Lloyd and Ardis made wonderful memories taking numerous trips visiting family and friends across the country.
Lloyd was a 52 year member of the American Legion Holmes Post #178 of Beaver Crossing. He was also a member of Dorchestor Tabor Lodge #74. He enjoyed a good game of cards, pool, or a night of bowling. He could often be found fishing off the Beaver Creek bridge or stump fishing in the Blue River. Good times were had coon hunting with sons, Tim and Russ, and he loved teaching daughters, Tara and Shari, how to dance.
In July of 1995, lung cancer forced Lloyd to retire from farming. Later, in 2005, Lloyd and Ardis moved to Aurora to be closer to their family. He cherished the frequent visits made by the grandkids. Lloyd was very proud of the beautiful new home they shared for six wonderful years.
He is survived by his wife, Ardis; children and spouses, Tim (Kimmie) Peterson of Dannebrog, Russ Peterson of Utica, Tara (Kirk) Hanneman of Aurora and Shari (Mike) Krejci of Aurora; grandchildren, Amber Peterson of Cheyenne, Wyo, Hailey and Kash Hanneman of Aurora, Cole and Carson Krejci of Aurora; brother, Dr. Delbert Tesa; sister-in-law, Rogene, Austin, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Clara Tesar; his brothers, Sylvan and Delmar Tesar; and his daughter Leslie Marie Tesar.