Lloyd (Hap) Failor passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the age of 93. He passed away in Tucson, Arizona, where he lived since 2009.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Florabell (Flo); his three children, two grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Lloyd was born one of identical twins on March 13, 1919 in Wyandot County, Ohio. He grew up in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
During World War II Lloyd enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained as a bombardier. Lloyd was given the nickname Happy or Hap by his military buddies. It was always a great description of his character. In 1944, before being deployed overseas, he married his fiancé, Florabell (Flo) Anderson. During WWII Hap’s plane was shot down over Romania and he was a prisoner of war for approximately four months. After WWII Hap remained in the Air Force until his retirement after 23 years of distinguished service.
After the Air Force Hap was in the civil service and retired in 1980 after working at the Army Tank Automotive Command in Michigan.
At the center of Hap and Flo’s lives has always been their family and their church. Hap was active in the United Methodist Church since he was a teenager.
Hap was a life-long Mason. In 2010 he was honored to have his 70 year pin presented to him at a Masonic ceremony in Tucson. One of Hap’s favorite sayings was “We are nearer God’s heart in the garden than anywhere else on earth.”
Hap and Flo also loved to travel. Hap was known for his outgoing nature. Flo used to say he never met a stranger and that he could talk to anyone. Hap loved to tell stories. If you sat beside him for very long you would hear a story, maybe about his childhood in Ohio, an experience in World War II, or a funny tale about one of their travels.
When their health declined Hap and Flo moved from Bristol Village in Ohio where they had lived for 17 years to Tucson, Arizona.
In Tucson they were closer to their daughter, Peggy; their grandchildren, Daniel and Sarah and their great-grandchildren, Jade, Elijah, Mackenzie and Anabelle. Hap’s son, Douglas lives in Chesapeake, VA and his daughter, Rebecca lives near The Hague in The Netherlands. Both have visited Hap as often as they could.
Graveside Services will be held Thursday December 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Frame Cemetery in Meeker, Ohio. Minister will be the Rev. Sara Hill. There will be no calling hours. The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue is helping the family with arrangements. Military Rites will be conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council.
Remembrances and Condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.