The Rev. Lloyd A. Latta, 99, of Mount Pleasant died Dec. 9, 2013, at his residence.
A celebration of life service will be held May 22, 2014, on what would have been Lloyd’s 100th birthday. The time and location of the service will be announced closer to the date of the service. Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mount Pleasant, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Methodist Church in Medellin, Columbia through First United Methodist Church of Mount Pleasant or to the mission activities in any of the churches which Lloyd served. Online condolences may be left at www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
Lloyd Alexander Latta, son of Amy McClary (Jones) and John Richard Latta, was born May 22, 1914, in Rouleau, Canada. Lloyd returned with his family to Iowa as a young child. He grew up on a ranch near Coon Rapids.
On May 22, 1940, Lloyd married Beulah Ardella Dickey in Beulah’s hometown of Redfield.
Lloyd graduated from Coon Rapids High School. He attended Moody Bible School in Chicago, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1940 from Simpson College in Indianola. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1944. Later, he was conferred with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Simpson College.
The Rev. Latta served United Methodist Churches in Garden Grove, Afton, Osceola, Red Oak, Washington and Fort Dodge. He also served as administrator for Friendship Haven, a United Methodist retirement community in Fort Dodge. The Rev. Latta also served as a district superintendent for the Newton and later Mason City districts of the United Methodist Church. Lloyd participated in the Lacour Evangelical mission to Japan in 1954, and in 1963 to Great Britain.
After retirement from full-time ministry, the Rev. Latta served Trenton United Methodist Church for 14 years.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Beulah of Mount Pleasant; children, Marilynn Knight of Columbia, S.C., Rosilyn Laliwala of Albany, N.Y., Richard (wife Nelly) Latta and Robert Latta, all of Mount Pleasant; sister-in-law Fern Latta of Ogden, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruthie Latta and Ethyl Fillman; and brothers, Ret Latta, the Rev. Cecil Latta and the Rev. John Latta.