‘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.”


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