Monday, April 11, 2011

CWO4 Loyd E. Pederson, United States Army, Ret.

Loyd Pederson was born November 17, 1932 in Cranfills Gap, Texas and passed away on April 5, 2011 at Killeen, Texas at the age of 78.

Loyd proudly served his country in the United States Army for over twenty years. His duty tours included service in Germany, Korea, Panama and two tours in Vietnam. Loyd was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Copperas Cove, Texas, was a Mason and a Shriner.

Interment services were held on April 7 at the Central Texas States Veterans Cemetery at Killeen. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter as final services and military honors were held.

The United States Army Honor Guard rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country. The Army bugler played taps. The honor guard folded the flag that draped the casket into the traditional triangle. The flag was ceremoniously passed to an Army Captain who presented it to Loyd’s dear wife of 58 years on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful country as thanks for his many year’s of faithful service to the country.

Loyd was then laid to rest on the gentle sloping plain as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Billie, two daughters, two sons, a sister, two brothers, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.


  1. 18 months after my Father passed away, I was shown this blog. I just want to say how happy it makes me for your organization to honor my Father in such a way. He was a special man in everything he did and he is missed everyday. Thank you so much. Diana Walden

  2. Dear Marinemajor,

    It has been about a year and a half since my father died and I am just now seeing your kind words. Thank you for your tribute and the honor you showed my father.

    He is much loved.

    Deborah Pederson