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April 24, 2018

3/26/2018 5:53:00 PM
Lyle Earl Stoelk

Lyle Earl Stoelk, son of Charles and Augusta (Paape) Stoelk was born in Audubon County, Iowa, on November 12, 1930. The Stoelk family moved from their farm in Iowa to a farm near his grandparents in the Waltham, area when he was nine years old. He and his siblings attended school at District 110, rural Waltham. Throughout his life, Lyle had the good fortune to live in a community where he was surrounded by his many cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Lyle farmed with his father until he was 21. At that time, he enlisted in the Air Force in November 1951. During his four years of Service to his country, he served in Korea, Washington DC and Texas. He saw active duty in the Korean Conflict, flying a total of 47 missions. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his act of heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in November, 1955. Upon returning home, Lyle worked construction jobs and obtained a degree in Mechanics. In 1964, he returned to farming. On June 18, 1960, Lyle was united in marriage to Shirley Granquist at St. Michael's Lutheran Church. As children, both Lyle and Shirley were baptized and confirmed at St. Michael's. Daughter, Cynthia, was born to this union. Lyle farmed the land through 1994. A few years later, he and Shirley moved to their current home in Austin. Lyle was a proud member of the 13th Bomb Squadron Association. He travelled to several reunions throughout the country to reconnect with Air Force friends and comrades. Lyle was also recently recognized for his 60 years of membership to the American Legion Rothie Post #330, Hayfield. Lyle is survived by his wife, Shirley Stoelk, Austin; and, his daughter, Cynthia Stoelk Harty and husband, Kelly Harty, of Portage, WI. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Judy Stoelk, of Hayfield; and, sister-in-law, Donna Stoelk, of Austin; along with many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Orville Stoelk; and, his sisters Esther Borkowski, Inez Mahnke; and, Dorothy Hillson. Visitation will be Friday, March 30, 2018, from 4:00-7:00 pm at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 2nd Street NW in Hayfield and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 30450 570th Avenue, Waltham, MN with Reverend Dwight DoBell and Reverend Dean Bakken co-officiating. www.czaplewsksifuneralhomes.com


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