Lloyd Reedstrom was born on March 16, 1921 in Mankato, Minn., the only son of Mildred and Harry Reedstrom of Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1939. During his junior year of high school, Lloyd began his radio career at KYSM Radio in Mankato. After high school he attended Mankato State Teachers College.
At the onset of World War II, he left school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where, after training, he was assigned to the U.S.S. North Carolina as a radioman. Lloyd was serving aboard the North Carolina when this ship and the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp were torpedoed by a Japanese submarine near Guadalcanal.
After additional training at Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, he was commissioned an Ensign in 1946 and served as a supply officer on the island of Guam where he also worked as a radio announcer for the armed forces radio service.
Upon discharge from the Navy, Lloyd resumed his radio career at KYSM in Mankato. Lloyd then moved to Rapid City, S.D., and worked for KOTA and then KELO radio in Sioux Falls, S.D., before moving to Yankton and joining WNAX radio in 1948. It was in Yankton that Lloyd met and would later marry Bernice Keller on June 27, 1949. Bernice Reedstrom died Christmas Day, 1994.
Known on WNAX by his on-air name of "Lloyd Grant" it was also at WNAX that he created the character of "Grandpa Windpenny" while he was host of the Missouri Valley Barn Dance Program, featuring music and comedy that was broadcast live on WNAX.
In 1950, Lloyd and Leon Scoblic purchased the Eastman Office Supply Store and formed Scoblic-Reedstrom Stationers.
Lloyd then became the program director of KYNT radio when it went on the air in 1955 and later owner when he purchased the radio station in 1960. In 1973, Lloyd sold KYNT to begin a new career as regional radio stations relations manager for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He worked for ASCAP until he retired in 1994.
Lloyd served as president of the South Dakota Broadcasters Association for two terms and as president of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce for two years.
He is survived by his two sons Grant Michael Reedstrom of Le Mars, and Jeffrey Jon Reedstrom and his wife Kelli, of Port Huron, Mich.; four grandchildren and one-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice, his companion and special friend Mary DuBois of Minneapolis, Minn.; and his parents, Harry and Mildred Reedstrom.
Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton with the Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791, Yankton. Visitations will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, PO Box 480, Wilmington, NC 28402.