He was born September 19, 1918 in Alma, to William and Grace Green. He grew up helping his father farm in several locations around Kinmundy. His mother passed away when he was 11 years old. He had two brothers and two sisters.
His Aunt May and Aunt Bertha helped his father with the children. Life was hard in those times, but with lot’s of good friends and a loving family they did well. Lyle graduated from Kinmundy High school in 1936. He went off to Montana to go to college in 1937. He tells the story of leaving to go to Montana. His father gave him ten dollars and wished him luck. Off he went to Billings, Montana to Polytechnical Institute, commonly know as “The Poly”. It was a “working college”. You had a job at the school and that paid your tuition and room and board. While he was at college he took flying lessons. He loved to fly. While at “The Poly” he met his wife of 70 years, Frances Haddey. They were married January 23, 1943.
Lyle joined the Air Force March 14, 1943. He was part of the “Transport Division”. He flew all over the world ferrying airplanes, troops, and equipment to where it was needed to support the war effort. One of his favorite planes to fly was the B17. He also spent a lot of time flying a C47. He was honorably discharged February 5, 1946 as a 1st Lieutenant. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars and a World War II Victory Medal. He later joined the Air Force Reserves and retired as a Major in August of 1963.
He was the father of two children, Raymond and Myrna. He had learned the printing trade while in college. In 1950 he moved his family to Seattle, Wa. There he began a life long career in the printing business. Even though he and his family were in Seattle, he always came back “home” to Kinmundy. Every other year he and the family would take an extended vacation to return to Kinmundy for family reunions. He was involved with his kids in all their activities; ie cub scouts, boy scouts, girl scouts, etc. He loved to bowl and play golf. He also had a passion for camping with the family. They made lots of trips to the coast to go clam digging and enjoy the surf. In 1961, Lyle and Frances purchased Falls printing in Snoqualmie, WA. They became publishers for the weekly Snoqualmie Valley Records. In 1972 they moved back to Seattle where he owned and operated Consolidated Press until his retirement in 1984.
When Frances retired in 1985 they started living the American dream, going on the road full time in their RV. In 1991 they sold their house in Seattle and bought a brand new truck and 32ft fifth wheel trailer. They loved the new lifestyle so much, they kept on going for the next 20 years. They made many, many new friends and visited lots of relatives along the way, while seeing more of the country than most people dream of. They finally settled back down in Moutlake Terrace, WA before moving to Everett, WA in 2011. Lyle first love was family. His love and dedication to Frances, their children, grandchildren, and their many friends was amazing.
Lyle is survived by his children, Ray Green and wife Mary, and Myrna Frink and husband Dennis; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Burl Green and wife Virginia; his sisters Laura Garrett and Louise Cheatum; and numerous nieces and nephews, too many to list.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at J.W. Neal Funeral Home, 115 N. Jefferson St, Kinmundy, IL.
There will be a viewing at 12:30 p.m., followed by a service at 2:30 p.m., followed by interment at Sandy Branch Cemetery. There will be reception afterward at the Methodist Church in Kinmundy.
Donations may be made to Sandy Branch Cemetery and will be received at the funeral home. Memorial tributes, donations and condolences may be made online at jwnealfuneralhome.net.