Lloyd D. Elmore, 84, of Belleville, Ill., born Aug. 28, 1933, in Houston, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Sycamore Village, Swansea, Ill.
Lloyd was raised at Brushy Creek in Houston, Mo., the youngest of five boys and one sister. He knew growing up on a farm, that farming was not for him. He turned to athletics at an early age and wanted to play every sport possible – even if his father Arthur didn’t approve. His disapproval was so great that when Lloyd broke his arm in a high school football game, his father reminded him to milk the cows in the morning.
He entered the University of Missouri on a basketball scholarship but played baseball as well. In 1954, the baseball team (playing catcher) won the NCAA baseball national championship. That team is enshrined in the Missouri Tigers Hall of Fame. His greatest accomplishment at Mizzou was getting nursing student and drum major Mary Engelhart of Fredericktown, Mo., to date him. They married in 1957 and enjoyed 60 years of a loving marriage. After getting his master’s in education from Mizzou, he coached at Fredericktown before moving to Belleville to be an assistant coach at Belleville Township High School. In 1966, Belleville East High School opened, and he was the school’s first athletic director for 10 years. He was president of the Illinois High School Athletic Directors Association and a member of their Hall of Fame as well. At East, he also coached freshman boys’ basketball for many years. He taught drivers education for 38 years at East.
Surviving are his loving wife, Mary, nee Engelhart, Elmore or Belleville, Ill.; three children, Doug (Candace) of Bethany, Ill.; Ginger (Ron) Ekker of Ballwin, Mo., and Phil (Barb) of Belleville, Ill.; grandchildren, Brock (Kasia Elmore), Paul (Crysta) Elmore, and their daughter Hallie, Kelsey, Nicole and Stephen; and a brother, Wilburn Elmore of Houston.
All the Elmores would like to thank everyone for their condolences. As you may know dad suffered in the worst way with Alzheimer’s. My heart goes out to everyone that goes through that. My mom continues to convalescent in a local nursing home under constant care. The whole situation couldn’t be sadder.
In lieu of flowers, we are welcoming donations to Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, Ill., for a memoriam to be named later. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: Although my parents requested no visitation or funeral, we are asking anyone that would like to attend, please join us for a memorial service at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. It will be held at the church my parents raised all three of us in, Union United Methodist Church, at 721 E Main, Belleville, Ill. Parking is in the rear and enter in McKinley Center Gym (not the sanctuary). Dress is casual as this is not a funeral, rather a “gathering of fond memories.” If you have Mizzou Tiger gear – wear it! And as my dad would say, “If you don’t have an MU shirt, you should get one.” If you choose to wear Illini or KU gear, we have special seating reserved for you.
Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.