ST. CLOUD — Lyle was born in Brainerd, November 14, 1921. He began his career in the U.S. Navy in 1940 following graduation from Brainerd High School. During his naval career he held thirteen enlisted rans, including Chief Petty Officer during WWII and was commissioned as an Engineer Specialist Warrant Officer in 1945. He later attended more than twenty different schools and was assigned as Ship Superintendent for Repair at the Boston Naval Yard. Following his WWII duties, he continued to serve his country in the Naval Ready Reserve, achieving the rank of CWO4 and acting as training officer for the St. Cloud Naval Reserve Surface Division 9-12 until 1981, earning national recognition for excellence. In 1981 Lyle retired from the Navy after 41 years of proud and dedicated service.
In addition to his Naval career, Lyle also served as president of the Minnesota Rural Letter Carriers Association while employed as a rural mail carrier in Brainerd. He was a loyal and active York Rite 32nd Degree Master Mason and member of the Nisswa VFW. He is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Lyle married Betty Shew in Brainerd in October of 1942 where they raised their two daughters, Sherry Johnson of St. Cloud and Kristil McDonald of Nisswa.
Following his wife’s death in 1999, he spent time living between Mesa, Ariz., and Minnesota before coming to live with his eldest daughter, Sherry (Cain) Johnson, in the St. Cloud area. Lyle will be remembered for his intense pride as a Naval officer, which could only be rivaled by his love and commitment to his family. His life represents achievement, respect and honor earned through diligence and dedication to high principles.
Lyle is survived by his two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and his parents, Ida Mae and Henry Walter Cain, as well as two brothers and three sisters.
Memorial Services will be held privately at a later date.