One of fishing's early tournament pioneers Loyd McEntire of Indiana passed away this week after a lengthy illness. McEntire fished 3 Bassmaster Classics and was known for his quick wit and "never met a stranger" demeanor. He was a flexible angler and a power fisherman who everyone loved. McEntire had one of the first franchise stores for Bass Pro Shops in the early 70's.
FLW and Lucas Oil pro Billy McDonald remembered Loyd this way, "Loyd was a great friend and a great guy and was always willing to share. He was always upbeat and always willing to help others at a drop of a hat. I met him when I was 14 years old and he was always a legend to me. He will be greatly missed."
Wired2Fish's Terry Brown knew Loyd very well and remembers fishing Redman, American Scholarship and other Federation Tournaments with Loyd. "Loyd was a jewel and always looked out for us young guys" said Brown. "At the time I met him he had a host of buddies who were not only great anglers but were ornery as well and they loved to play practical jokes on us. Loyd was a Midwest Icon and I am honored to call him a friend."
Visitation will be 1 to 3 on Friday with the service following.
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