RICHARD LYTLE Richard Winslow Lytle, 81, passed away in Chico, Saturday, March 2, 2013. In his last hours, he received compassionate care through the White Rose program at Enloe Medical Center. His three children, their spouses, and a dear family friend surrounded him with love as he passed. Richard ("Dick") was born December 21, 1931, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Dick graduated from Elkhart High School in 1950, where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Mae Lytle. The couple had been married 58 years when Carolyn passed away two years ago. Dick received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1959, and settled his family in Oxnard, California in 1963. Dick loved his nearly 30 year civilian career with the U.S. Navy, often traveling internationally. The couple moved to Chico in 1995 to join their family in Northern California. Richard was an active volunteer, serving as church treasurer for forty years, forming the church's Boy Scout Troop, leading youth group activities, umpiring Little League games and building sets for theatre productions. A highlight each year was a week-long hiking, camping and fishing trip in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains with his nature-loving colleagues and friends from 1970 until 2004. Richard was a generous man, with a gentle spirit, intelligent mind, and twinkling sense of humor. He is survived by his three children, Rick Lytle, of Cameron Park, CA, Ron Lytle, of Chico, and Dianna Winslow, of Rochester, NY, his two sisters, Helen Jean Lytle, of Seattle, WA, and Sally Lytle Mayberry, of Howard, Ohio, and his seven grand children, three great-grandchildren, eight nieces and nephews, and thirteen grand nieces and nephews-who will miss him greatly. Richard's memorial service is 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home, 680 Camellia Way with a reception following at 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, Chico. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Richard's memory to North Oxnard United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America. Donations may be sent to Newton-Bracewell for convenience and coordination. Send condolences to newtonbracewell.com
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 17, 2013