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Loyd William Saul

May 12, 1930 - July 21, 2021

Loyd William SaulOur dearly loved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Loyd William Saul, passed away on July 21, 2021, at the age of 91.   He was married to our mother, Celesta Bartruff Saul, for 49 years before she passed away in 2004.   Dad was a veteran of the Korean War, and his remains will be placed next to those of our beloved mom at Willamette National Cemetery.   
Dad was born in Gregory, South Dakota, in 1930 during the Great Depression.  He was one of eight children, and his parents moved the family to Oregon in 1936 to find a better life after the Dust Bowl claimed their Midwest farm.  Dad was always grateful for the beauty and abundance of the Willamette Valley.
Dad founded City Wide Oil Service in the early 1960's.   He handled the service calls and mom did the bookkeeping and answered the "business phone" that rang in our kitchen.   He knew every street in Salem and taught us to always plan our car trips efficiently!  They gave their four children a happy life and made sure we all attended college, because they didn't get to do so.   
Dad spent the last seventeen years of his life at Salemtowne, where he made many dear friends and played countless rounds of golf.   He regaled us with stories of his better games and bragged about how many quarters he won from his golfing buddies.   He enjoyed his life, cherished his family and friends, and left the world a better place.   A few years ago, he was interviewed by the young students at his former elementary school, Salem Heights.   They asked if he had any advice for them, and this is what he said:   "Be kind to yourself; be kind to others; and be kind to the Earth.”   And this is indeed how he lived his life.   
Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Celesta, and his daughter, Kathleen.  He is survived by his daughters Karen and Ronda, and his son, Jeff, and their spouses.   He has ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will have a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.  We will appreciate reading your remembrances of our father.


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Loosing a loved one us always difficult. Good memories and family members will help yo ease the sorrow. God bless you

Loyd was a wonderful man with a positive attitude about life. He always had something good to say. He made a great husband to Celesta, father to his four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On several occasions while growing up I spent nights at my uncle Loyd and aunt Celesta's house. It was a warm and loving home to go to. Loyd and Celesta were as nice as could be and I had a house full of cousins to spend time with. We enjoyed the attic room, which was also a bedroom, and large backyard. Loyd and Celesta had big family gatherings at their home. Grandpa, grandma, uncles, aunts, and all us cousins. Sometimes they had extended family and friends.

Prays go out to the family, Nancy

Loyd was the best friend and neighbor anyone could have.  He was truly a gentleman, he is and will be sorely missed. Praying for all the family.

Loyd was a kind and gentle man.  A beautiful person.  I remember the night I met him.  I was struck by how comfortable he made me feel in his home.  I was a perfect stranger, but that didn't matter to Loyd. He greeted me and talked to me as if we were old friends. He loved his family immensely.  He loved to laugh and he loved life.  I mourn his death.  I will miss him.  I really enjoyed played golf with Loyd.  He was a natural putter.  He probably developed that touch and feel from playing pool. He rarely 3-putted a green and tried to emulate Lee Trevino's swing.  I'm sure some of his buddies would call him a hustler.  Just sour grapes.  I think he was just a fierce competitor who knew how to get the job done.  He had a strong common sense, which served him well throughout his life.  Always practical.  Fr. Pat Conroy, S.J. (married granddaughter Mary) told me that Loyd is closer to his family now than he ever has been.  I believe that.  Loyd will always be in his family's lives. He will always be at their sides. 

Hi, This is Mary Veal Murphy.  I knew Celesta from Salem High School.  I introduced Loyd and Celesta at Abiqua River, up above Silverton.  George, my brother, met Loyd because the Saul's lived down the road from us in Keizer.  Loyd had just returned from the Korean War.  The four of us took a trip to Abiqua River, where the boys liked to go hunting, and to take us girls for a ride.  That fall, while I was at OSU, the next thing I knew, Loyd and Celesta had gone to Washington and got married!