Lloyd Elmore

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Lloyd D. Elmore, 84, of Belleville, IL, born August 28, 1933, in Houston, MO, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Sycamore Village, Swansea, IL.

Lloyd was raised at Brushy Creek in Houston, MO, the youngest of five boys and one sister. He knew growing up on a farm, that farming was not for him. He turned to athletics at an early age and wanted to play every sport possible-even if his father Arthur didn’t approve. His disapproval was so great that when Lloyd broke his arm in a high school football game, his father reminded him to milk the cows in the morning.

He entered the University of Missouri on a basketball scholarship but played baseball as well.  In 1954, the baseball team (playing catcher) won the NCAA Baseball National Championship. That team is enshrined in the Missouri Tigers Hall of Fame.  His greatest accomplishment at Mizzou was getting nursing student and drum major Mary Engelhart of Fredericktown, MO to date him. They married in 1957 and enjoyed 60 years of a loving marriage.  After getting his Master’s in Education from Mizzou, he coached at Fredericktown before moving to Belleville to be an assistant coach at Belleville Township High School.  In 1966, Belleville East High School opened, and he was the school’s first athletic director for 10 years.  He was President of The Illinois High School Athletic Directors Association and a member of their Hall of Fame as well. At East, he also coached freshman boys’ basketball for many years.  He taught Drivers Education for 38 years at East.

Surviving are his loving wife, Mary, nee Engelhart, Elmore or Belleville, IL;
three children, Doug (Candace) of Bethany, IL; Ginger (Ron) Ekker of Ballwin, MO; and Phil (Barb) of Belleville, IL;
and grandchildren, Brock (Kasia Elmore), Paul (Crysta) Elmore, and their daughter Hallie,  Kelsey Ekker, and Nicole and Stephen Elmore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.


7 Comments on Lloyd Elmore

Bruce Lynch said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Phil and Family...I am so sorry to hear that Coach passed away recently. Coach Elmore meant so much to me. I played on the 79-80 Freshman Basketball team for him. What a great guy! I have so many fond memories playing for him including the time he took me out of the game and sat me on the bench next to him. I grabbed a water bottle and took a few drinks. I squeezed the bottle again and got no drink. I wasn't sure why no water went in to my mouth. The nozzle on the bottle had turned slightly to the left and the water squirted Coach Elmore right in the face. I thought I was in big trouble! But Coach Elmore just gave me that glare and said, LYNCH, now why did you that? Then he smiled and I realized I wasn't in trouble. He was such a great man and a great coach! I also had the wonderful experience of having Coach Elmore as my Driver's Ed teacher. More than once we asked Coach if we could practice going thru the McDonald's Drive Thru. He would always smile and tell us that was an important task to learn! We also got to drive over to his house a few times and let his dog out. Lots of fun times when Coach Elmore was around! Coach Elmore made life and school fun!

  • Indianapolis
  • IN
Chet Breitwieser said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Holding you in my thoughts with warm memories of a fine Coach, Drivers Ed teacher and Athletic Director.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Connie said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 12:52 AM

My sympathy to all the family. Many years ago Lloyd and Mary allowed me to stay in their home for a week because I lived in Missouri and worked in Illinois and the Mississippi was above flood stage with my connecting road closed to go to work. Lloyd was so good to me as he filled my coffee thermos every morning before I left for work. Mary would have such great meals in the evening for all. We had many laughs. They were so proud of their children and grandchildren. There will always be a special place in my heart for both of them.

  • Perryville
  • Missouri
Renice said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 6:00 PM

To the family of Mr. Elmore, I am truly sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is very difficult. The Bible contains promises from Jehovah God that offer us hope. May you find comfort in these scriptures. Rev. 21:3,4; John 5:28,29

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Ed Saunders said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 5:18 PM

I played baseball for Lloyd my soph year at BTHS. My sons played basketball for him at East. We all loved him. He was a great person and he will me missed.

  • Lillian
  • AL
Lori Neal said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Mr. Elmore was a loving father. He was so nice to me growing up with Ginger as a friend. I am sure he will be missed by all the family. I have fond memories of him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
chuck lugge said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 4:52 PM

He was one of many role models I had at Belleville East that influenced my own teaching and coaching. Our thoughts and prayers go out from our family to yours.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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