Leva Köblitz Loyd, 100, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Leva was born on November 8, 1921 to Fred and Ethel Peterson Köblitz in Hugoton, KS. She met the love of her life, Fred Loyd, while working at Boeing aircraft factory during World War II. They were married May 10, 1944 in Wichita, KS. After having their first child, they moved back to Fred’s homestead in rural Fair Haven, MO.
Leva was raised in the western Kansas area traveling with her family as her father found farm work with the seasons to support his twelve children. She graduated high school from Erie, Kansas and received her teaching degree from Chanute Community College shortly after.
She was a dedicated wife and mother to ten children. In addition to being a homemaker, she taught school at “Towne” one room schoolhouse near Fair Haven, MO. After raising most of her children, she worked at the State Hospital as an LPN. She loved working alongside her “Freddie” on their family farm raising pecans, cattle, and kids. Family was very important to Leva, and she enjoyed counting how many descendants were present at every holiday and family gathering. Her hobbies included gardening, growing plants and flowers, traveling (riding “gun-shot” & collecting rocks), and keeping all the grandchildren in line.
She is survived by eight children, Linda Luther, Sharon (George) Hardy, Connie (Neal) Gerster, Debbie (Dean) Keely, Kima Hopkins, Vivian (Darren) Mays, Julie (Jerry) McCullick, & Randy Loyd, and daughter-in-law, Janie Loyd; 28 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and “adopted” daughter, Kitty Wikoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; brothers David Köblitz, and Allie Köblitz; sisters, Phoebe Loomis, Bobbie Rodarmel, Josephine Mahoney, Hazel Hughes, Lou Forney, Polly Bradford, Sadie Alder, Joan Proffitt, & Jean Manwarren; sons, David Loyd and Lonnie Loyd, daughter-in-law, Johnna Loyd, son-in-law, Junior Luther, and 5 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at the Schell City Christian Church in Schell City, MO with Ron Maus officiating. Interment will follow in Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood, MO. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at 210 N. Osage (Behind Eddie’s Auto), in Nevada, MO.
Suggested memorial contributions: Schell City Christian Church or Green Mound Cemetery in Harwood c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.