Lloyd Edward Blahnik
June 19, 1924 – November 16, 2020
BLAHNIK, Lloyd Edward, age 96, of Swartz Creek, formerly of Lakeland, FL and Goodrich, MI passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at Springvale Assisted Living. Due to the pandemic and social distance restrictions, private funeral services will be held Friday, November 20, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Church, Grand Blanc. Pastor Joe Cottam will officiate. Interment will be in Algoma, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lary Blahnik Scholarship Memorial Fund, c/o Kathleen Hovis, 9044 Luea Lane, Swartz Creek, MI 48473.
Lloyd was born June 19, 1924 in Sawyer, WI, son of the late Mathew and Della (Holdorf) Blahnik. He was a Sgt in the U.S. Army Air Force serving as a medic from 1943 to 1946. Lloyd married LaVerne D. Hackert shortly after being introduced by their grandmothers who were close friends. Lloyd and LaVerne shared 67 years of loving marriage. Lloyd worked for General Motors from 1952 to 1979, and was very active in the community. He coached Little League in the early 1960s, served as the Mayor of Goodrich, MI in the 1970s, and was a school bus driver in the 1980s. He also volunteered as an elections precinct clerk for Polk County Florida until 2010. Lloyd and LaVerne enjoyed many cruises after retirement and participated in Elder Hostel classes. As a teenager, he played the trumpet and continued to do so as an adult. He planned the entertainment for many high school reunions with two close buddies. Lloyd was an avid card player who took great pleasure in playing Pinochle and Sheepshead with his friends, Euchre with his family, and Skipbo with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The church was an important part of his life with LaVerne; he sang in the choirs, was a Sunday School Superintendent at Christ Lutheran, Goodrich, and a church Elder at St. Paul Lutheran, Lakeland FL where he was a longtime member. They joined Faith Lutheran, Grand Blanc after moving back to Michigan in 2011 to be closer to family.
Surviving are his children, Marilyn Quinn (Patrick) of Canton, Kathleen Hovis (Vernon) of Swartz Creek, Gary Blahnik (Cheryl) of Corunna, daughter-in-law, Roseann Blahnik of Kalamazoo; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Moore (Michael), Jill Price (Jason), Jonathon Hovis, Bryan Quinn (Kate), Kevin Quinn, Erin Baker (Scherrard), Lauryn Graham (Matthew), Emily Blahnik (Laurie Potie), Kristyn Blahnik Wiley (Seth) and Matthew Blahnik; 14 great-grandchildren, Tyson, Trent and Ella Moore, Carmen Quinn, Connor Hovis, Rylee Price, Caroline and Bradley Quinn, Brayden Blahnik Wiley and Wyatt Wiley, Quinn and Aubrey Graham, and Maddox and Ellis Baker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne, son, Lary Blahnik, sister Joyce Blahnik, brother David Blahnik, and granddaughter-in-law, Chessie Quinn. The family wishes to thank the staff at Springvale Assisted Living who took care of him for the last year. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc where condolences may be posted on www.hillfh.com
Lary Blahnik Scholarship Fund c/o Kathleen Hovis
9044 Luea Lane, Swartz Creek, Michigan
Lloyd Edward Blahnik
November 20, 2020
Our families grew up together--Marilyn as a classmate and our parents as good friends!
What a long life! Hugs to the family at this challenging time-
November 17, 2020
I knew Lloyd as I grew up in Goodrich. Our families were close. Then as life would happen , I got to give him hair cuts and mustache trims when requested at Springvale. We had many great conversations of the residents and the village of Goodrich. He always had great things to tell me about his family.
November 17, 2020
I came to know Lloyd through his daughter-in-law Roseann and the rest of the Blahnik family. In my brief time knowing him, I came to know a man who truly savored life. He was incredibly well-informed about the world, and he was amazingly compassionate and kind. His dry wit was engaging. I will never forget our drives around the golf course when I continuously got us lost, only to have him utter some delightful remark about my lack of driving skills and/or my lack of navigation skills. May he enjoy the splendor of eternal life, a well-earned reward for a very special man!!