Memorial services for Lyle Melvin Hansen of Morris will be held Monday, April 5, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Reverend John R. Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Lyle Melvin Hansen, son of Melvin and Alice (Tomalla) Hansen, was born May 21, 1941 in Morris. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church. Lyle grew up in the Cyrus area and attended school, graduating from Cyrus High School in 1959. Lyle continued his education at NDSU in Fargo, N.D. On December 16, 1961, he was united in marriage to Linda Mae Johnson at the Nora Church in Kensington. To this union two daughters were born, Sherry and Jeanne. Lyle worked at the USDA Soils Lab in Morris for 37 years while also doing carpentry work. Following his retirement, he continued to do carpentry work. Lyle lived five miles west of Cyrus in a home that he helped build, until the time his death.
Lyle was a member and served on the church council at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. He served for 13 years on the Cyrus School Board and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Lyle enjoyed playing cards, ice fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR, sharing his woodworking talents with his children and grandchildren, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and attending the numerous activities of his grandchildren.
He is survived by two daughters: Sherry (Kevin) Wohlers of Morris and Jeanne (Scott) Knutson of Eden Prairie; five grandchildren: Kayla (Aaron) Erdahl, Matt Wohlers, Kyle Knutson, Karly Knutson and Tyler Knutson and two brothers: Clarence (Joyce) Hansen of Cyrus and Don Hansen of Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers are Lyle's grandchildren. Karl Retzlaff will serve as organist for the service, with Kyle Knutson serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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