The world has lost a truly unique soul, the void of which, will never be replaced as Lloyd Lentz III (Ludd) passed away on July 16, 2018.
Ludd was born on September 15, 1946 in Guthrie, OK to Lloyd Lentz Jr. and Pauline (Phelps) Lentz. The nickname Ludd came from his father’s WWII service. Lloyd Jr was a P-38 pilot in the Pacific in WWII. Lloyd’s radio callsign was “Ludd” which later became Ludd’s nickname once he was born.
Growing up, Ludd was always downtown in Guthrie at his parents’ store, Lloyd Lentz Furniture, that offered new appliances and provided repair service. They sold the first TV set in Guthrie. During high school, Ludd achieved his Eagle Scout Rank – the beginning of his lifelong commitment to community and service.
Ludd went on to OSU and obtained a bachelors in Sociology, followed by a masters from OU in Human Relations. Ludd also served in the Air National Guard.
Ludd spent the majority of his career at his family’s business; Lentz Real Estate. Working first as a real estate agent followed by working as a real estate appraiser, the latter of which made up the majority of his career.
Since 1978, Ludd committed himself to restore the historic legacy his great-grandfather helped establish in Guthrie nearly 130 years ago by;
•Serving as the Curator of State Capitol Publishing Museum, and as Chairman of Guthrie's Historic Preservation Commission.
•Authored numerous publications including his book, “Guthrie, A History of the Capital City”.
Ludd was well rounded, a true renaissance man who could accomplish anything he wanted. He enjoyed big band music, building hot rods, riding motorcycles and discussing art, politics, culture, architecture and history. He enjoyed classic films, especially film noir. He was self-sufficient, an autodidact that taught himself many different things and inspired those around him to also be creative and self-sufficient. There was truly nothing he could not do. His interests and tastes were varied and diverse. He didn’t know a stranger and loved talking to people.
Ludd is survived by his children; son, Lloyd Charles Lentz IV (Chase) of Guthrie and daughter Brandy Michelle Semore of Edmond; life partner Sherry Mason; and cousins William H. (Bill) Phelps Jr. of Norman, OK and Jenny Nelson of Stillwater, OK.