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Lloyd D. Ciha
February 5, 1928 ~ October 30, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Lloyd D. Ciha, age 95, of Manitowoc passed away on Monday October 30, 2023, after a brief illness.
Lloyd was born on February 5, 1928, in Manitowoc, son of the late Aloysius and Adeline (Kadow) Ciha. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Manitowoc. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Panama from 1946-1949 in defense of the Panama Canal.
Upon return from the US Army, he was employed as a draftsman with Manitowoc Shipbuilding. His career then led him to being a Postman for the US Postal Service for 32 years. On his daily route he always made friends with many dogs. Two of his favorites were German Shepherds which guarded a car repair shop.
Lloyd enjoyed gardening and every year had a bumper crop of raspberries and garlic. He loved being outside. Dad was an avid bowler with many trophies over the years. He was on a weekly league and always brought home a handful of candy bars for us kids, put them in the kitchen cupboard and when we got up in the morning, we knew we were in for a treat!
Lloyd was a skilled woodworking craftsman who always had a project going. He made many different types of furniture which he often sold, which included: kids dollhouses and toy barns. Besides being happy in his workshop, he also loved getting out on his boat for an afternoon of fishing. One of his first dates with his wife was a midnight ride on his boat on Cedar Lake. He loved telling that story.
Lloyd was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a past member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, and a current member of St Francis of Assisi Parish, where he was a lector/reader for many years.
Lloyd is survived by his six children and their spouses: Mary (Erwin) Haban, Ann (Randall) Leonard, David Ciha, Daniel Ciha, Ellen (Greg) Levande, and John (Denell) Ciha; grandchildren: Elgin Haban, Eric (Nancy) Haban, Noah (Michelle) Haban, Alexander (Ashley) Leonard, Stephanie (Kevin) Binns, Justin (Erin) Levande, Jordan (Elizabeth) Levande, Samuel (Erin) Ciha, Emily Ciha, Seth Ciha, and Maxwell Ciha; and great grandchildren: Filomena and Edison Haban, Frank and Lorraine Haban, Jaxsen and Evan Leonard. He is also survived by one brother-in-law: Jack Meindl, and one sister-in-law: Bonnie Meyer, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife: Virgene Ciha, parents: Aloysius and Adeline Ciha, sister and brother-in-law: June and Edward J. Shimon Jr., father and mother-in-law: Chester and Margaret Meindl, sister and brother-in-law: Eunice and Robert Engert, brother-in-law: Richard Meyer, and sister-in-law: Jane Meindl.
Lloyd dedicated his life to his wife and children. We will remember him for being so generous, kind, and caring. His trademark was a smile on his face and a thumbs up. No one can fill his shoes. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Grand, 1416 Grand Ave, Manitowoc. The Rev. Matt Colle will celebrate the mass of Christian burial with burial to follow at the Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #731 of Manitowoc. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 am. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/LakeshoreFamilyFH/
The Lakeshore Family Funeral Homes, Reinbold & Pfeffer location of Manitowoc is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.lakeshorefamilyfuneralhomes.com