Lloid Edward Grout

Lloid Edward Grout died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at Cypress Creek Assisted Living Facility in Ruskin, Fla. He was born on a farm near Iowa City, Iowa. He was the oldest of six children of Harry and Neta (nee Southwick) Grout.

He attended Sharon Center High School, Coe College in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa.

Lloid married his high school sweetheart, Ethel E. Meer, on July 23, 1932. Lloid and Ethel had two children, Janet and Jerry. Janet lives in Long Lake, Minn., with her husband, Jack Schuett, and Jerry lives in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Nancy. They have given Lloid six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Doris Moore of Kalona, Iowa, and Daisy Chipman of North Liberty, Iowa.

Lloid taught in a rural school for six years and sold insurance for IDS. During World War II, Lloid worked in a factory in Beloit and traveled the north central states selling tire-recapping supplies. He started his own auto parts business, National Parts Co., in Waukesha in 1944.

Lloid was very active in the Waukesha community. He was a Mason, a Shriner, a Rotarian and a member of the Elks Lodge. He was a bank director, an officer in the state auto parts association, president of the United Fund, director of the Chamber of Commerce and very active in the development of the local country club, serving as director and president.

Lloid joined the Waukesha Rotary Club in 1946, was president in 1954-55 and Rotary district governor in 1967-68. He continued to attend the weekly Rotary meeting during his retirement.

Ethel passed away in 1968 and he later married Wynne Zimmerman. She died in 1992.

In 1974, he retired to Sun City Center, Fla., where he was very active in Rotary and the Shrine Club. He was instrumental in starting and running the local citywide recycling program and he was voted Man of the Year in 1992. He promoted the Rotary program to eliminate polio around the world.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Sept. 29, at Sharon Center United Methodist Church, 2804 520th St., SW, Kalona, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established for the Rotary Foundation, Shrine Hospitals or the charity of the donorís choice.

In addition to his wives, Lloid was preceded in death by three siblings, Edwin Grout, Earl Grout and Mae Sullivan.

Peterseim Funeral Home, (319) 656-2233, is serving the family. For more information, visit online at