Loyd J. Bliss ~ May 9, 1920 – June 10, 2016
Patricia A. Bliss ~ August 17, 1927 – June 11, 2016
It is with heavy and grateful hearts that we share the following: Our father, Loyd Jay Bliss, died June 10th. Our mother, Patricia Ann Bliss, died June 11th, nineteen hours later. We cannot begin to tell you how much they will be missed but we can assure you that a more perfect script could not have been written for their final hours with us.
Loyd was born May 9, 1920 to Jay and Lucile Bliss in Merna Nebraska. Patricia was born August 17, 1927 in Fairbury, Nebraska to Luzerne and Blanche Haning. Loyd served in WWII with the Coast Guard. His ship participated in D-Day and four other invasions in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. As a result, he was a lifelong pacifist. After the war, he returned to Fairbury, Nebraska to work with his father in a flour mill. That’s where he met his life-long partner, Patricia A. Haning who had been attending Doane College.
After their marriage in 1947, with Patti’s encouragement, Loyd attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Upon graduation they returned to Nebraska where Loyd and Patti served United Methodist churches in Lincoln, Aurora, Hastings, Alliance, Scottsbluff and Norfolk. Patti was so much a part of the church ministry too, leading classes, working in the offices, singing in the choirs and so much more.
Upon retirement they spent a short time in Douglas, Nebraska on a small acreage enjoying the beautiful Nebraska sunsets. They spent several winters in Harlingen, Texas where Loyd was a minister at a retirement community. They even learned to square dance in Texas. In 1996 they moved to Boise, ID to be closer to family.
They are survived by: children; Linda (Bart) Kline, Susan Bliss and Bill (Dana) Bliss; Loyd’s siblings, Dorothy Stewart and Cecil (Sharon) Bliss; Patti’s half-sister, Dannetta Haning Feleay; six grandchildren, Barton, Benjamin, Baylee, Kya, Eliza and Elliot and six great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Oscar, Analise, Charlotte, Tai and Zach. They are preceded in death by Loyd’s brother, Donald and their brother-in-law, Orval Stewart.
A celebration of their lives will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, August 5th at the Cana Chapel at the Cathedral of the Rockies United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers and if you desire, donations may be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1520, New York, NY 10115
It is impossible to put into words what a blessing these two people were to the world in which they lived. In return they were blessed with the many life-long friends that they valued so much. They lived their lives of 69 years of marriage with a dignity and grace seldom seen. They will be missed. Well done, thou good and faithful servants.
Assisting the family is Alden-Waggoner Funeral Home, Boise, ID.