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Born: January 29, 1924

Place of Birth: Clark County, SD USA

Death: October 30, 2011

Place of Death: White, SD USA

Occupation: Electrician and Handyman

Hobbies: Lyle was known to be able to fix anything

Organizations: VFW, DAV, ex-POW AXPOW Organization, American Legion and longtime Choir member at Ascension Lutheran Church - Brookings

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Furness Funeral Home
Clark, SD

Lyle Davis

January 29, 1924  -  October 30, 2011
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Life Legacy

Mr. Lyle Davis, age 87, Brookings, formerly of Clark, passed from this life on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the White Healthcare Center in White, South Dakota following a two-year battle with multiple myeloma with kidney failure.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM in the Ascension Lutheran Church at Brookings with The Reverend Rhonda Hanisch officiating. Burial will follow in the First Lutheran Cemetery at Brookings.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-7PM at Rudes Funeral Home in Brookings and after 9AM at the Church on Thursday.

Lyle Hugh Davis was born on January 29, 1924 in Clark County, South Dakota, the son of Hugh and Iva (Burns) Davis. He grew up on a farm and attended elementary school at the Elrod School, located east of Clark. When he was 12 years old his father died from pneumonia during a blizzard. Soon after that, the farm was sold and he moved to Clark with his mother. Lyle attended high school in Clark, graduating in 1942. He worked during that time to help support his family and especially enjoyed working at the local bakery.

Following graduation, Lyle attended South Dakota State College in Brookings for a brief time before enlisting in the United States Army to fight in World War II. He was first shipped to North Africa and then to Italy where he joined the First Ranger Battalion. The Rangers landed at Anzio on the Italian coast but after only a week of combat, they were captured by the Germans. Lyle spent the next 15 months as a prisoner of war in Italian and German prison camps. The American soldiers were shipped by boxcar and marched from Italy to northern Germany. He remained there until they were liberated by the Russians at the end of the war. Lyle documented his experience in a journal that he received in a Red Cross parcel. During his years of service he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, acts of merit and meritorious service.

Following an honorable discharge Lyle returned to his home in Clark. He attended the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota to study to become an electrician.

Lyle was united in marriage to Gloria Jean Anderson on August 7, 1949 at St. Paul Lutheran in Clark. To this union four children were born: Sandy in 1951, Vickie in 1952, Marsha in 1954 and Steve in 1956. During their years in Clark he worked for Kyle’s Hardware and as a bin site inspector for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. In August of 1962 the family moved to Brookings where Lyle worked as a carpenter. Again in 1968 the Davis’ moved, this time to Edgemont in the southern Black Hills. Here Lyle was employed as a quality control lab technician for Susquehanna Western, a uranium mining company. Lyle and Gloria returned to Brookings in 1977 where he worked at and eventually retired from the Electrical Maintenance department at SDSU.

Throughout his life, Lyle was known as an excellent handyman and electrician who could fix anything!

Lyle was a charter member and longtime choir member of Ascension Lutheran. He was also a member of the VFW, Ex-POW, American Legion, DAV and was recently made an honorary member of the Rolling Thunder. He was an avid reader and when his eyesight no longer would allow him to see the print; he began listening to books on tape. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards, especially pinochle and cribbage. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Lyle was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was very proud of his family and he loved the fact that his grown grandchildren would still give him hugs and spend time visiting with him.

Lyle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gloria; his daughters, Sandra (Larry) Meisenheimer and Vickie (Michael) Rosse of Brookings, Marsha (Greg) Veal of Meadow, SD; his son, Steven Davis (fiancé Cathy) of Leavenworth, KS; grandchildren Amy (Kelly) Luke, Brenda (Frank) Vermiere, Sheila (Troy) James, Kristy Rosse, Kevin Rosse, Kyle Rosse, Josh (Amy) Veal, Jason Veal, Stephanie Davis, Matthew (Kassie) Davis; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; three step-brothers, Bob, Skip and Larry Bull and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Wesley Bull; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Sue Davis; his sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Alfred Wunder; three step-brothers, Don, Lyle and Loel Bull; one step-sister, Dorothy (Eldon) Hartman.

Funeral Services
Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Ascension Lutheran Church
Brookings, South Dakota
The Reverend Rhonda Hanisch officiating

Josh Veal Jason Veal
Kevin Rosse Matthew Davis
Kyle Rosse Frank Vermeire
Kelly Luke Troy James
Zack Crawford

Honorary Casketbearers
Amy Luke, Emily and Rachel; Kristy Rosse; Stephanie Davis;
Brenda Vermeire, Dusten and daughter Ella, Casey, Brittney and Bryce Sempek;
Sheila James, Ashley and Chase; Amy Veal, Caitlyn, Mason and Peyton;
Kassie Davis, Wyatt

Joan Riesse—organist, Eileen Shane—soloist “The Old Rugged Cross”, “In the Garden”
“Beautiful Savior” #838, “Amazing Grace” #779—Congregational Singing

Interment with Full Military Rites
Brookings VFW, American Legion & National Guard Honor Team
First Lutheran Brookings Cemetery
Brookings, South Dakota

Funeral arrangements are with the Furness Funeral Home at Clark.