‘A family-first, old-fashioned gentleman’
Longtime Newarker celebrates 100th birthday
Longtime Newark resident Robert “Bob” Loyd turned 100 last week.
Loyd celebrated the century mark with family and friends from around the country on Saturday, daughter Virginia Jenson said.
“Dad is a family-first, old-fashioned gentleman,” Jenson said. “His friendly, helpful, laidback ways have earned him many friends in all walks of life. He takes responsibility seriously and has always expected the same of his family.”
Born in La Clede, Ill., Loyd earned an engineering degree from the University of Illinois in 1939. During World War II, he put his skills to use supervising the furnaces at a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Ind., that made drop forgings necessary to build parts for military planes.
In 1950, Loyd moved to Newark to take a mechanical engineering job at DuPont. He and his late wife of 74 years, Mabel, first lived at the south end of Academy Street before moving to Old Cooch’s Bridge Road.
With his wife, Loyd raised three daughters and now has eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
After retiring in 1980, Loyd became general manager for DuPont Fish & Game Skeet & Trap Field and later taught at the Ommelanden gun range near New Castle, where he worked until a few months ago.
A lifelong hunter and fisherman, Loyd is passionate about teaching hunter safety and skeet shooting, Jenson said, noting her dad has taught three generations of hunters.
“Dad’s love of hunting, fishing and storytelling are legendary in the family,” Jenson said. “From an early age to the present, he has kept active – a trailblazer with a positive outlook on life.”