|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1926|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 2013|
Lyle Robert Engle, the first born of Robert M. and Esther (Upton) Engle, was born on Friday, October 8, 1926 in their home in Enterprise, Kansas. The family moved a lot in his early years as his father sought work during those difficult years. Thus he has lived in various communities in Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. He also lived with his grandparents in Missouri for a year.
Lyle had a brother, Roy, born in 1933 and a sister Mildred born in 1935 – both of whom idolized him as their ‘big brother'. Lyle sold papers to buy his first bicycle and at the age of 15 was sweeping floors in the foundry for 15 cents an hour.
Lyle begged his parents to allow him to enlist in the U.S. Navy, promising to finish high school upon his return. He left on August 23, 1944 for boot camp in Great Lakes, IL, then to Ft. Pierce, FL and then to Newport, RI for firefighting school and then back to Tampa, FL and on a ship. He served on the USS Saugus LSV IV, which carried troops to invasion fronts and casualties to rear areas. Lyle received an honorable discharge on June 12, 1946 as a Coxswain V-6 USNR at Norman, OK.
Following his high school graduation, as promised, he began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company on September 16, 1947 as a lineman.
Lyle loved softball. If he wasn't playing, he was watching. It was at a softball game between Enterprise and Solomon that he first saw Darlene. Their first official meeting was at a dance at the Solomon Legion Hall on Valentine's Day in 1947. That was the start of something very special. They were engaged on Darlene's 18th birthday July 15, 1948 and married on February 13, 1949.
Following a time of living in a 30 ft. trailer and in veterans housing in Enterprise, Lyle bought his first house in Solomon in 1952. He and Darlene raised their family in Solomon and all the children graduated from high school there.
Following a farm accident on July 4, 1972 when a squeeze chute fell on him, crushing his thigh, Lyle was more limited in his activities, but he never gave up. Although doctors wanted to amputate his leg, he refused. He proved himself right as he was able to walk as he and Darlene celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary just 19 months after the accident. However, he was not able to do the work required of him by the telephone company so retired on disability in 1975 after 28 years of faithful service.
Lyle and Darlene started building their dream home in 1979 just north of town. Lyle had loved farming and had a nice herd of charlois cattle. The home was beautiful and built energy efficient. However, due to some financial reverses, they sold the farm, cattle and home and after some extensive remodeling and expansion moved into the home where Darlene's parents had lived on W 5th in 1992.
After Darlene lost her valiant battle with inflammatory breast cancer in 2007, Lyle sold that home and moved into Senior Housing in Solomon. He was still very active and enjoyed going to the Senior Center for lunch (when they didn't serve chicken).
Lyle was not one who talked a lot about his faith in Christ, he just lived it. He always enjoyed having fun and many a young relative recalls being ‘hooked' by his cane as they walked by him after his accident. He was dearly loved by all of them.
Lyle loved history and could give you dates and facts about any event of the past. He enjoyed the research of the Engle family roots and attending the 250th reunion of them coming to America as well as the 150th anniversary of those who moved to the Dickinson County area.
He always looked forward to the reunion of his Navy buddies who also served on a LSV. Darlene, Sharon and Lynn have made sure that he was always able to attend these wherever they might be. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip for veterans to Washington DC to see the World War II memorial.
Lyle and Darlene had four very beloved children – Sharon Louise born January 18, 1950; Karla Jean born July 22, 1951 in the midst of the big flood; Lynn Robert born May 1, 1953; and Jerri Jo born May 24, 1954. They were extremely proud of every accomplishment and supported them in every activity. He loved deeply but he also believed in appropriate discipline for their actions.
Lyle and Darlene lovingly welcomed each addition to the family – in-laws and grand-children and great-grand children. As Darlene always wanted to hold the new babies, Lyle mostly loved from a distance but welcomed every opportunity to let them feel his love for them.
It was extremely difficult to lose his mother in a car-train accident in 1968 and then his dad to heart failure in 1970, his sister in 2005 and his beloved wife of 58 years to cancer in 2007 but he knew that he would see them all some day and spend all eternity with them and his Lord.
Lyle was always very independent and didn't really like to depend on others for help but he learned in recent years that it was okay to let others do for him. He agreed with his children when they thought he should move to Minneapolis this year to an assisted living facility and adjusted very well to his surroundings.
He maintained his sense of humor to the very end. Although we rejoice in his deliverance from pain, there are a host of family and friends who will deeply miss his witty remarks and that deep, abiding love that he didn't have to put into words.
Lyle is survived by his daughters Sharon Engle Brewer of Dallas, Texas, Karla and husband Bill Johnson of Solomon, Jerri and husband Paul Drummond of Minneapolis, son Lynn and wife Patty Engle of Westminster, Colorado; brother Roy M. Engle of Valley Center, Ks; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.
Services for Lyle will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Yoked Presbyterian Church in Solomon. Military graveside services provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard for Lyle will be in 2:30 p.m. Wednesday the Roselawn Cemetery in Salina. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Salina, the Senior Center in Solomon, or to the Freedom Honor Flight of Kansas for Veterans and may be sent in care of the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, 208 W. 4th, Solomon, Kansas 67480.
Darlene F Meek Engle (1930 - 2007)
Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Plot: Sec G-233-Sp D
Created by: Gene L.
Record added: Feb 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105695871