Lloyd Vernon Fields, 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Avera Flandreau Hospital. Lloyd was born to Ord and Anna (DeBates) Fields on September 20, 1917, in Rock County, MN, near Jasper. He was educated in the country schools and attended Jasper High School for three years and then moved to South Dakota and graduated from Egan High School in 1936. After school, he farmed with his father until December 1942 when he was drafted into the service. Lloyd received his basic training at Fort Sill, OK and then was deployed overseas to Europe and was assigned to the 224th F.A. Battalion of the 29th infantry division. He served all the way through the European war landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day and going across France, Belgium, Holland and Germany to the Elfe River. After V.E. day Lloyd was assigned to occupation forces and stationed at Nordenham, Germany, until returning home in November of 1945. He received the good conduct ribbon, the ETO ribbon with four battle stars and the occupation ribbon. In 1946 Lloyd started farming with his father and two brothers near Egan. Then in 1953 he moved to a farm northwest of Flandreau and farmed there until retiring in 1997 and moved to Flandreau. Lloyd was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion, Farmers Union, and N.F.O. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards and most of all truly loved pitching horseshoes!
Lloyd is survived by two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Fields and Joann Fields, both of Dell Rapids, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Flandreau, with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Jasper, MN. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm Tuesday with a 7 pm scripture service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau. Condolences may be left at www.skrochfc.com.