LLOYD F. CURRIE JR.
Lloyd F. Currie, Jr., 89, a decorated United States Marine Corps Veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, died peacefully in North Ft. Myers, Fla., on March 27, 2014.
Until 1976 he was a lifelong resident of Duluth, Minn. Lloyd was born April 30, 1924, in Duluth where he grew up at 4019 Robinson Street and was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church. He attended Lakeside Elementary School, East Jr. High School and graduated from Central High School. Following his love of boats, Lloyd built his first boat when he was 11 years old and sailed it on Lake Superior. In school he was an avid hockey player and golfer, and he caddied at Northland Golf Club. He was a former member of Ridgeview Golf Club, where he last golfed in approximately 2005, and he won the West End Businessmen’s Golf Tournament three years in a row in the 1960s. He also was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Duluth.
Upon graduation from high school, Lloyd enlisted in the U.S. Navy and eventually received flight training and became an officer in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot. He was stationed during World War II out of Leyte in the Philippines, where he was a fighter pilot in the 211th squadron Wake Island Avengers and flew Corsair aircraft and became a decorated officer. In all his missions and years of flying, he never lost a plane. After World War II ended, he was stationed in Peking, China, where he and other Marines in 1946 formed a Marine hockey team and jokingly claimed to have won the international hockey championship of northern China! He maintained his sense of humor even as of the day he died.
After his service in World War II ended, he returned home to Duluth and joined his family’s wholesale candy and tobacco business, Lloyd Currie & Sons. He married Mandy Pocrnich and had two daughters, Millie and Sarah (Sally). In 1952 he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and was stationed out of El Toro Marine Base in southern California and from there was deployed to serve in South Korea where he again flew combat aircraft. Following the Korean War, he and his family returned to Duluth and he rejoined the family business and continued in the U.S. Marine Reserves. He eventually attained the rank of Major in the United States Marine Corps.
In addition to being an avid golfer, Lloyd maintained a place on the Ash River Trail near Lake Kabetogama in northern Minnesota, where he frequently boated and fished. He also curled and was a member of the Duluth Curling Club.
In 1968 he married Lois Sands and his family grew to include four more children. He remodeled a 50-foot herring boat and brought it to Ft. Myers, Fla. In 1976 he and his wife and son Jaime moved to N. Ft. Myers, where Lloyd opened a golf business known as Master Golf and Museum. In addition to having over 85,000 golf clubs, he maintained golf antiques and occasionally repaired clubs for professional golfers in the area. Several newspapers and television stations published articles and televised feature pieces about Lloyd and his unique golf shop. Lloyd told the story about meeting the famous Minnesota golfer, Patty Berg, whom he watched play in golf tournaments when he was a teenager. Several years before her death, Minnesota golf icon Patty Berg and her grandson came into Lloyd’s Master Golf and Museum golf in N. Fort Myers looking for a shorter pair of clubs for Patty, who had grown shorter in her later years. Lloyd shortened an original set of Patty Berg golf irons and proudly gifted them to her. She was one of his favorite Minnesota golf idols of his youth, and he had watched her play.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Millie (Low) and Lloyd Freeman Currie; sister Rosemary Olson; and brothers Donald and Archie Currie.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lois (Sands) Currie; children Millie Caballero, Sarah “Sally” Mardell and son-in-law Dr. Michael Mardell, Nancy Sands, Terri Sands and son-in-law Ben Gustafson, Tammy Doyle and son-in-law Patrick Doyle, and Jaime Currie; beloved daughter-in-law Heidi Currie; eight grandchildren, Michael and Randall (Stephanie) Mardell, Melissa Caballero (Zackery) Becker, Jeremy (Meghan), Jason and Shaun Doyle, Rachel (Matthew) Faircloth and Tyler (Rachel) Currie; and seven great-grandchildren, Jack and Ava Mardell, Hannah Becker, Breena and Caleb Faircloth, and Damien and Sophie Currie.
Family, religion, boating and golf were his lifelong passions. He died in peace at The Consulate Care Center in N. Ft. Myers 34 days before his 90th birthday. Thank you, Lloyd, for your service to our country.