On February 14, 2004 he was united in marriage to Alice Gail Auld at the Oxbow in Pinckneyville, Ill. Mrs. Gant survives of the home in Marble Hill.
Besides his wife, Gail Gant of Marble Hill, and mother Billie Ruth Gant of Dudley, other survivors include one step-son, Michael Hickey and wife Ro-Chia of Belleville, Ill.; one step-daughter, Amanda Hickey and fiancÚ Charles Black of Belleville, Ill.; by three sisters, Marsha, Robin, and Jackie; two adopted daughters, Jessica and Sara as well as many other family members and loved ones.
The Gant family has been long time residents of Dudley area, where they were engaged in farming. Loyd bought the family farm and continued to farm until his illness. Loyd served six years in the Missouri Army National Guard through September 1972 until September 1978. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Marble Hill. Loyd's favorite pass time, besides hunting, fishing, gardening, and riding his motorcycle was spending time with family and friends.
He was a kind and generous person who put God and his family foremost in his life. He had a large and extended family of friends whom he loved and respected and they of him. Loyd was a gentle giant of a man and his loving and kind nature will live on in the smiles, hearts and memories of many.
Visitation at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter. Interment will follow in the Dudley Cemetery at Dudley.
Memorials can be made to the: Loyd Gant memorial Fund, Rural Rt. 1 Box 580A, Marble Hill, Mo. 63764. All proceeds will be given to the Puxico High School FFA in memory of Loyd Gant.