Lyle L. Greenwalt, 73, of St. Paul died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, due to complications from brain surgery. He was surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Ray Kosmicki will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Greenwalt was born on July 2, 1935, at St. Libory, the son of John and Lucy (Grayek) Greenwalt.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of St. Paul; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Grim of St. Paul, Shelly and Bill Fries of Dannebrog, Barb Wojtalewicz of Grand Island, and Jennifer and Brian Carey of Huntersville, NC; and one son, Doug Greenwalt of Waukee, Iowa;
one brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Helen Greenwalt of St. Libory.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Lindsey, Brittney and Kirstey Grim; Scott Fries and his wife, Brooke, Jeremy and Nathan Fries; Kayla, Kyle and Trevor Wojtalewicz; and Dylan and Brooke Carey; and two great-grandsons, Kellen and Barrett Fries; and several nieces and nephews.
Lyle was raised on the family farm west of St. Libory and attended rural school in the area. As a young man he farmed with his father, as well as, working for many area farmers. He also worked for several years as a custom harvester in numerous surrounding states.
He was united in marriage to Betty M. Knuth on June 3, 1958, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple first lived in Grand Island where he and his brother Gene operated the Skelly Gas Station. The couple later moved to Cairo where they farmed. In 1965, the couple moved to the family farm west of St. Paul, where they lived and farmed the rest of their married life.
He enjoyed polka music, playing the accordion, hunting, fishing, playing cards, welding projects around the farm and helping area farmers.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Platt-Duetsche Society of Grand Island, Alcoholics Anonymous, Lions Club and Ducks Unlimited.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant granddaughter; and two brothers, Robert and Clarence Greenwalt.
Memorials are suggested to Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Center Fund or to the family’s choice.