William Edward Lyke, "Bill," 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at his home.
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Bill was born April 11, 1931, in Kasson, to Vernon and Edna (Ellefson) Lyke. He was a 1949 graduate of West Concord High School. On Jan. 14, 1954, Bill married Evelyn Holmes. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country during the Korean War.
He was a life member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion, past commander of the American Legion and also a past district commander of the American Legion. Bill was part of the American Legion Honor Guard for numerous years, life member of the Olmsted Voiture 40-8 and a member of the Grand Chef de Gare. He was a fireman for the City of Rochester for 26 years and retired in 1981. Being a licensed electrician and plumber, Bill ran the family business of roofing and remodeling for over 20 years. He loved working with children, being a crossing guard and a boy scout leader for pack #189.
Bill enjoyed spending his time fishing, but above all, Bill loved making memories with his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Evelyn; children, Debbie (Greg) Dukart of Rochester, Fred Lyke of Rochester, Billy Lyke of Rochester, Jim (Dorene) Lyke of Rochester, Susie Hanson of Fergus Falls and Art (Cristi) Lyke of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Jason, James, Will, Jenny, Joey, Chad, Matt, Nacia and Brianna; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris (Vern) Cole and Rosemary Lyke (Robert Spindle); and sister-in-law, Eileen Lyke.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Edna; brother, Erwin, sister, Shirley and baby brother Lyke.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N,W., Rochester. Visitation will be held from noon until time of service. The Rev. Chaplain, J. Barnhart will be officiating.
To share a special memory or condolence, please visit ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Dec. 23, 2013