WWII vet celebrates 100th with haircut

September 13, 2018

By Pat Maurer

Carl Dellen Lloyd, a lifelong resident of Clare, stopped in at Lenny The Barber’s shop Tuesday for a haircut.

World War II Vet Carl Lloyd of Clare celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday.

World War II Vet Carl Lloyd of Clare celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday.

When Lenny learned that Carl would be celebrating his 100th birthday on Thursday, he made that haircut a free one and gave the Review a call. “I think it’s pretty incredible, he walked in here for a haircut and he’s 100 years old!”

Carl, a World War II US Army veteran, shared some memories as he was getting “trimmed.” He talked about the time in France when he was driving along and found President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s jeep stuck in the ditch. “I pulled him out and earned a two-day pass,” he said with a smile. Carl served with the 864th Ord. Heavy Maintenance Division that supplied the front lines during the war.

Carl worked at Central Michigan University’s campus as a mailman for about five years until he retired in 1962. Before that, some of his professions included working on Leonard Pipeline, cutting and delivered ice from the millpond in Clare (before it was Shamrock Lake), a stint as a milk truck driver, driving truck and working at Holly Carburetor for many years.

He was married to his wife Deleta for 72 years. She died just four years ago in 2014.

The couple had one daughter and three sons: Nola Paxton of Clare, Dennis Lloyd of Midland, Mark Lloyd of Hillsdale and David Lloyd of Mt. Pleasant who died in 2010.

He has seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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