On April 20, 2020, Lloyd was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lloyd was born on November 12, 1955, in Bellingham, Washington, but had been a resident of Billings for over 20 years. He adored his family and friends and so loved gathering them all together. He was always lending a helping hand to anyone who would ask. His genuine patience, passion for life and kindness were evident in all his interactions.
Lloyd lived multiple lifetimes and had many friends. He owned a logging company in Washington and worked in log camps in Alaska. He flew freight in the San Juan Islands and all over Washington state. Lloyd was a pilot in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Iraq. He drove trucks for equipment hauling and harvesting. Outfitting and guiding for hunting trips all over Montana was one of his favorite things. He made friends everywhere and people trusted him to come through in more ways than one. Lloyd was a good “precision faller” who could fall timber where it didn’t naturally want to land. We’ve been told he was a “great stick”, as other pilots would say, and had some of the softest landings in pretty sticky situations. For Drew his Dad was his go-to driver hauling hay, cattle, and equipment. Lloyd absolutely loved to hunt and ski and was very good at both. In the last few years we didn’t get to do it near as much as we would have liked. Most recently, Lloyd was working as a corporate pilot.
Enthusiasm for life came to encompass so many different jobs and activities for Lloyd, he was always tinkering and fixing things both household and mechanical. He started baking (and eating) his own creations, chocolate chip cookies and fluffy biscuits were his favorite. Lloyd was always fully present when attending Youtube University and many road/ camping trips with his family. He was cheerfully entertained by the “rent-a-dogs” -Yuma and Scout. Cutting firewood and helping with small logging projects for much loved relatives was fun for Lloyd, as were early morning coffee and conversations.
Lloyds legacy is all of the above, though to us, most important was his love of God and his constant love and great care for his wife, sons and family. One meaning for the name Lloyd is: Wise – and he was in a quiet and humble way. With a goofy sense of humor he’d be saying to us now “Standby- I’ll see you soon”.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Everett Gerber. He is survived by his wife Kelly and children, Drew (Olivia) Gerber and Quinn Gerber; siblings Harold Gerber, George Gerber, Lawrence (Stacia) Gerber, and Melody (Curt) Summers; Uncle Ed (Iris) Gerber, Uncle Allen (Linda) Gullickson, Aunt Anabelle Wall, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and a great-nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday June 13 at Faith Chapel. A reception will follow the service at Oscar’s Park. The family would love for anyone who has a story to share about Lloyd to join them in celebrating his momentous life and the exceptional impact he had on all who knew him.
James 2:22 – “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.