MR John William Louth (Bill), late of Corby Glen, has died in The Cedars Nursing Home, Bourne. He was 86.
He was the eldest son of William and Annie Louth and one of eight children.
After wartime service in the Army, he worked at Aveling Barford in Grantham, and then for many years at Allis Chalmers - which became Fiat Allis - in Essendine. When the factory closed he moved to Christian Salvesen in Easton. In his later working life he enjoyed gardening jobs for people in the area, as well as bush beating for local shoots.
He married Joyce Turner of Caythorpe Heath in 1958, when they moved to Coronation Road in Corby Glen, where he spent 53 happy years. Their only son, Charles was born in 1960. Joyce predeceased him in 2002.
Mr Louth was heavily involved in all aspects of village life. He particularly enjoyed bowling, winning many trophies over the years.
He was also extremely dedicated to St John’s Church in the village and carried out many official and unofficial duties there over the years, being recently presented with a certificate to mark his contribution there.
In late 2011 he moved to Stamford, to be closer to his family due to failing health.
Mr Louth was a gentle, placid and extremely sociable man who loved long walks and meeting people.
The funeral service was held at St John’s Church, Corby Glen, conducted by the Rev Jo Saunders. Cremation followed in Grantham.
Family mourners included: Charles and Margaret Louth, Amy Louth and Adam Dewhurst, Royce and Norah Louth, Ady and Val Louth, Kev and Sue Challen and Katherine, Neville and Maureen Turner, Bid Yarwood (Gordon and family), David Collingwood (Julie and family), Annette and Peter Lound, Jean, Henry and Andrew Lefley, and Caroline, David and Jake Cadogan (Cody).
Other mourners included: Alan Munford, Peter Munford, Linda Earl, Jenny Geeson (Swayfield Bowls Club), Mr E. Cooper, Sandra Palmer and Andrea Kiely, Anne and Graham Musson, David and Betty Wass, Frank Berridge, Don Wainwright, John Dawson, Tim and Gill Harwood, Mr and Mrs P. Footitt, Maureen Adcock, Michael Garton, Mr and Mrs P. Manterfield, Jo Baines, Christine and Bryan Grantham, Christine Sadler, Keith Gardner, Brian Johnson (Corby Glen Bowls Club), Roger Jackson, Mr A. W. Houghton, Richard Allitt, Ernie Davey, Margaret Lyon, Vikki Lyon, David and Valerie Hinsley, Marion and Graham Harber, Jonathan and Lorraine Love, John Love, Dawn Greetham, Judith Wilkinson, Helen Brewster (The Cedars), John and Muriel Goodacre, Mr and Mrs J. Simpson, Mr and Mrs Adcock and John Joyce.
Funeral arrangements were by R. J. Scholes, George Street, Stamford.
Donations were received for St John’s Church, Corby Glen, and The Cedars Residents Comfort Fund.