In memory of
Lloyd John WARDIAN
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In memory of
Lloyd John WARDIAN
WARDIAN, Lloyd John Lloyd John Wardian passed away on October 8th, 2016 while being cared for at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane, WA. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grand-father, teacher, coach, friend and United States Navy Veteran. Born on December 18th, 1925 in Avon, Minnesota, Lloyd's genealogy revealed roots in Germany and Yugoslavia where his original last name was believed to be "Vardijan." After graduating from high school in 1943, Lloyd joined the Navy. He then attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA from 1947-1952 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was the first Wardian ever to graduate from college; in fact he inspired three generations of Wardians to attend his beloved Gonzaga. Lloyd and his younger brother Bob enjoyed the Zags, sang in the Gonzaga Glee Club, and met their wives. Lloyd to Jeanne Foster and Bob to Joan McKittrick. He and Bob attended Glee Club reunions as long as possible and Lloyd was one of the most loyal ZAGS basketball fans of all time! From 1943-1946 he served in the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and then again as a Commissioned Officer during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955 aboard the USS Tazewell. He had a rewarding career in teaching from 1952-1981 (leaving for the Korean Conflict '53-'55). He could teach just about anything and his students loved him! Over his teaching career, he taught at Riverside, Anatone, Elk, Inchelium, Windsor, and for most of his career at Cheney Jr. High. His focus was on Earth Science, but he also was a skilled teacher in Math and English with extracurricular teaching expertise in astronomy, rock and minerals, survival, fly fishing (tying and casting), chess, bridge, intramurals, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. Former students were inspired by Lloyd and chose their careers based on the passion he created for them. "Mr. Wardian's field trips were best". For a short interim term of one year, he was the Principal of Cataldo Catholic School in Spokane while the district searched for a more long-term administrator. During his teaching career, Lloyd earned two Masters degrees...Master of Education from Eastern Washington University (1962-1965) and Master of Natural Science with 'Major Emphasis in Geology' from University of South Dakota (1970-1971). Lloyd and Jeanne had two children, Jodi and Jeff, and Lloyd beamed with pride when he talked about them. Lloyd and Jodi frequently jogged and hiked together. Lloyd and Jeff enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and summer vacations living off the land in the Yukon. Lloyd and Jeanne were married for over 50 years and enjoyed Spokane and the surrounding community for their entire married life. Some of Lloyd's endearing qualities include an amazing sense of humor (quite a joke-teller), an avid lifetime outdoorsman (camping, hunting, fishing, astronomy, survival, mushroom club, bee-keeping, and more), a passionate teacher, cooking (best huckleberry cobbler ever), gardening, singing and music, bible study club and loyal fan of the ZAGS basketball team and program....to name just a few. Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Jodi W. Funk-Miley (Greg J. Miley) and his son, Jeffery C. Wardian (Lisa Wardian); seven grandchildren (Spencer Funk, Alex Wardian, Hunter Wardian, Kristie Miley-Majchrzak, Chris Miley, Monica Miley-Rodriguez, Jamie Miley-Siemer), and three great-grandchildren (Aly Rodriguez, Annie Majchrzak and Zoe Wardian) as well as MANY nephews and nieces. Names of those family members who preceded him in death are wife Jeanne Foster Wardian (2007), four brothers, seven sisters and his mother and father. During his last few months, he greatly enjoyed watching cable TV Western shows in the 'Coast Guard' Room at the Veterans Home and chuckling about their technical oddities. Lloyd spoke often of how he had been quite blessed during his lifetime with many happy memories of his family, career, and wonderful friends across the globe. In lieu of flowers, any gifts in memory of Lloyd may be sent to: St. Augustine Parish, Gonzaga Univ. Athletics or Northwest Wildlife Council. Vigil services will be Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1pm and will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 428 W. 19th, Spokane, WA. Inurnment with military honors will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 7200 N. Wall St. Arrangements have been entrusted to:
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