Lloyd Lyle Messick

Lloyd Lyle Messick, age 64, passed away on Thursday, February 28th 2013 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Lloyd was born in El Dorado Springs, MO on February 21, 1949. He attended El Dorado Springs High School and graduated in 1967.
He went on to attend University of Missouri – Columbia for his undergraduate work and University of Missouri – Kansas City for his law degree. He was known for his amazing story telling and speaking, and his ability to always find the best in people. He was a generous and giving man who never met a stranger. He practiced law in Missouri for the last 37 years and loved helping people.   Lloyd was an avid outdoorsman who loved working his farm, hunting, fishing, and trapping with his family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents Virgie and Joy Messick of El Dorado Springs, MO.  Left behind to mourn his loss, yet celebrate his life, are his wife Nancy Houser Messick, who was his wife of 41 years and his college sweetheart. His loving son Ryan David Messick, who was his best friend, his daughter-in-law Kathryn Hodge Messick, and his loyal and faithful dog Abby.  A graveside service will take place in the coming weeks in El Dorado Springs, MO and a Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends on March 16, 2013 at The Cove, 4105 NW Lake Drive, Lee’s Summit MO 64064, from 4-7pm. Please bring your favorite story or memory about Lloyd to help celebrate his life with us.  In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in Lloyd’s memory to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Condolences may be made online at:
www.heartlandcremation.com. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)


  1. Ken & Cyndi Moehlman on March 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss and praying for God’s peace through this.

  2. Mary Gettings on March 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    my prayers are with you Ryan ,Katie and Nancy. Love

  3. Kristin Korneliussen on March 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Words are inadequate, but know you all have our thoughts, prayers, and love.

  4. Wayne Taff on March 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Mary and I hope for your comfort at what we know is a difficult time. Lloyd was a great friend and was one of the best, most gentle men I have ever known. His kindness and humanity is an example for all of us. He will be missed.

  5. Elaine Heilmann on March 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was a client of Lloyd’s many years ago. I will never forget him. He was such a kind man, and a great attorney. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Donald and Shelly Wilson on March 5, 2013 at 9:56 am


    Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything, please do not hesistate to call.

    Lloyd will be greatly missed!

  7. Spencer Miller on March 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Imet Lloyd in 1975 when I returned from service with the Marine Corps. We were both associates with Morris, Foust, Beckett & Ponick. To say he was a great guy would be an understatement. He was jovial and fun loving. In addition he was a great lawyer. My life has been enriched because I knew him. My prayers are with his family. Spencer Miller

  8. Georgia Nading on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    My heart is heavy for the loss of my dear friend Lloyd. We have known each other all of our lives. Went all though 12 years of school together in El Dorado Springs. He was always just a phone call away. I will miss his caring personality.
    His life will be celebrated. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to know Lloyd.
    My prayers are with Nancy and Ryan during this time. Cherish the many memories .

  9. Dale and Linda Niehus on March 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Nancy and family,

    I just want to give you a big hug right now. We are sending our prayers in hopes that close friends are helping you thru this difficult time. Lloyd was a great person and we had fun on the tennis courts back in those days at ICRC. Love you, Nancy. Take care of yourself.

  10. Joe Lewis on March 6, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Nancy & Ryan – Our prayers are with you during this time of great loss. I knew Lloyd for over 30 years and I have never known a more loyal person to his family and friends. The Missouri Bar has lost a consummate professional – we have lost a wonderful human being and great friend.

  11. Perry and Judy Sweet on March 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Nancy, we are so sorry to hear about Lloyd’s death. Our good college friend better known as “Mammoth Lloyd” certainly lived a wonderful life. We always knew he would be a wonderful friend, a wonderful husband, a wonderful father. and a wonderful lawyer. Lloyd had such a kind heart/gentle spirit. He certainly was admired and loved by all. Love to you and your family. Sorry we are unable to be there the 16th to celebrate Lloyd’s life because our son and family will be visiting in Nashville that week. Perry wishes he could be there to share several stories as you celebrate Lloyd’s life. The Sweets – Perry and Judy

  12. Max and Pat Foust on March 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Pat and I offer our sincerest condolences to the family. Our paths not only crossed, we followed many of the same paths in life. Lloyd and I were both born on farms about a mile apart in Cedar County but several years apart. We attended the same schools, and started working together in the law while he was still in Law School and afterwords when he was admitted to the Missouri Bar. He was indeed an outstanding lawyer, honest, kind, compassionate and always a gentleman and a gentle giant of a man. Max Foust

  13. Linda Block on March 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Nancy, Ryan, Katie…I can’t express the words that I feel…what a loss this has been…going into Lloyd’s office and seeing an empty chair (even though he was away a lot), I still can’t believe it. We shared office space for a long time. I loved to hear his stores (sometimes more than one,two,etc). Always there to help and answer any questions. Such a kind and caring person. Steve and I will truly miss him.

  14. Bill Farrar on March 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm


    Lloyd was one of the first fellow students that I met in the fall of 1973 at UMKC. You two were living in what then was known as Parliament Oaks. Several of the Chiefs also lived there and when visiting I noticed those players knew Lloyd and suggested he could easily play alongside with them.

    Further Lloyd was very proud to be a part of your life. As much as he deflected attention from himself, he sang praises of you and your tennis abilities. At Mike’s Tavern he was always the first to leave saying “boys I need to get home to my Nancy”.

    Thank you for sharing one of the most engaging persons I have ever known.

    Bill Farrar

  15. Gaye Gieselman Verdi on March 9, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I didn’t know Lloyd well. He was my sister’s brother-in-law. However, when I was a teenager I shared a few Christmas dinners with him. He was great fun to have as a guest in our home. I remember him playing cards with us and teaching us the phrase when shuffling and cutting the deck of cards, “A cut dog has no pups.” He would say it with his deep, slow country accent. It was funny and priceless! My best wishes to all who knew and loved him.

  16. Don Herron on March 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Lloyd was one of the best and nicest persons I ever met. It was a privilege to have walked a common road with him. I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to all of the family.

  17. Virginia Huegel on March 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    It seems only yesterday he and our classmates were enjoying the Homecoming activities.

    His life will be celebrated. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to know Lloyd.

    My prayers are with Nancy and Ryan during this time. Cherish the many memories.

  18. Linda Fowble Prough on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Nancy and Ryan
    I was so glad to have seen Lloyd at our 45th class reunion in September. I always thought of him as a true country gentlemen. He was such a compassionate and kind person. What an example he was to all who knew him. May you find comfort through this difficult time.

  19. gary e. beatty on April 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I just learned of Loyd’s passing. i was in law school with Loyd starting in 1973. Loyd was from El DoRado Springs, missouri and i was from Lamar ,Missouri (also poor and sw mo.)

    We sat together in many classes and he was always sharp, funny and down to earth….he and i both had been married for awhile and wanted jobs the “paid” something as opposed to building a practice.

    I remember Loyd lived on the east side where some “Chiefs” lived and he told me he once told some of them to “attentuate” their bass which we of course thought was really smart.

    I am really sorry for your loss… Loyd was special…i saw him once at a restaurant and he came over saying “Beatty i thought that was you”!!!!….

    Loyd was special and I hope that is treasure to you and your family always…gb.

  20. Kathleen Bennett on April 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Nancy I was so surprised to hear of Lloyd’s passing. I just happen to come across his obituary by accident. I want to express my sincere condolences. Lloyd helped me through many legal issues throughout my life and he was such a good friend to my dad Howard. Daddy was always so proud of both Lloyd and John Clisbee from the day he met them in Max’s office. I think he often thought of them as like his own sons. He felt that Lloyd became an excellent attorney and always had me check with Lloyd first if I needed advice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I know that Lloyd and my dad Howard Bennett are up there swapping stories.

  21. Trish Bennett Reed on April 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    My sister just told me about Lloyd’s passing. My prayers go out to you at this sad time. My dad Howard Bennett thought so highly of Lloyd and always told me that if I ever needed legal help that’s who I should see. Fortunately I never needed legal help but Lloyd did assist me when my dad passed away. He was a thoughtful and kind person.

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