Lloyd Dagit, 1938 – 2017

A Service of Remembrance was held Tuesday, May 30, at First Baptist Church in Jefferson for Lloyd Earl Dagit, 78, of Jefferson.

The Rev Devin Wolters, pastor of the church, offered words of comfort. Music was provided by James Healy and Karen Dagit.

Casket bearers were Darrin Charlson, Bill Allen, Kaleb Lentz, Tim Riphagen, James Hedges and Jeremiah Dagit. Interment was at Dawson Township Cemetery west of Paton.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Lloyd Earl Dagit was born July 18, 1938, in Pekin, ILm to Titus and Ethel (Mullins) Dagit.  He had three older siblings: Iva Jo, Wilma, and Ray. When Lloyd was 3 years old, they moved to a farm outside of Paton, IA, near Ethel’s father. Lloyd attended rural school and later the Paton town school.

On April 18, 1959, Lloyd married Gloria Scroggins. To this union six children were born:  Randy, Daniel, Brian, Keven, Kecia, and Teresa. The family lived in several locations while Lloyd worked in various different jobs.

When Ideal Manufacturing closed, Lloyd started his own moving business called Dagit’s Moving. Transporting people’s possessions took him to nearly every state in the Union. He also had the Trading Post Store in Jefferson, and went to auctioneering school. He operated Dagit Auction Service in Jefferson. He especially loved the moving and auctioneering.

Lloyd loved his church, First Baptist Church in Jefferson. He took three months off from his moving business to help build the current First Baptist Church building in 1989. He knew just about everything about the building and church practices. When a question came up that others couldn’t answer, the response was, “Ask Lloyd.”

He enjoyed deer hunting and cooking all parts of the animal in different ways. He loved to cook the heart, tongue, liver, etc., and serve it to people and not tell them what it was! He liked experimenting with anything. He’d bring home the results of his experiments to Gloria and loved to see her reactions. If a particular experiment failed, it would quickly go in the trash and no one else would know.

Lloyd’s greatest joy came from his family: sharing and watching all of them grow into fine adults.

Lloyd loved spending time at his building on W. McKinley St – it was his second home. He spent countless hours tinkering at the building. The family joked that Lloyd lived at the building and slept at the house, but everyone knew he even napped at the building. The family has some peace knowing he died doing what he loved and where he loved to be.

Lloyd Dagit died May 18, 2017, at the age of 78 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Patty and Wilma; brother-in-law Eugene Muir; three of his children—Daniel Craig, Kecia Gay, and Keven Kim; and a grandson Jason.

Survivors include his wife Gloria Dagit of Jefferson; sons Randy (Carolyn) Dagit of Bentonville, AR, and Brian (Karen) Dagit of Rogers, AR; daughter Teresa (Chad) Lansman of Grand Junction; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Ray Dagit of Paton; sister Iva Jo Muir of Rippey; and other relatives and friends.

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