Paul Donald Lytle was born June 20, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., to William Russell Lytle and Catharine Bernadette (Stoneham) Lytle. He died peacefully on Jan. 3, 2013.
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Paul was married to Marian Shirley Thomas in 1950. Together they had five children and traveled with the family in tow around the world while Paul proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. After 37 years of marriage, Paul and Shirley divorced. Paul moved to Billings and married Susan Brewer who was with him for the last 25 years of his life. Together they had a child, Sara, who was the last of his children he was able to see graduate from college.
Paul served in the Air Force for 22 years, 6 months, and 10 days, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. He served in Alaska, Washington, D.C., The Marshall Islands, Maine, Japan, California, Vietnam, Germany, and Colorado, where he retired in 1972.
Paul moved his family to Montana in 1973 and was sales manager at Big Sky. Licensed as a real estate broker in five states, he served as President of three boards during his career: the Montana Board of Realtors, the Bozeman Board of Realtors, and the Billings Board of Realtors. He served as local Director for the State of Montana Board of Realtors, Montana's Director for the National Association of Realtors, and was Regional Vice President for the National Association of Realtors. He was an enthusiastic member of many committees.
Paul was an avid baseball and football fan, most notably following the Detroit Tigers, Lions, and the University of Michigan, staying true to his Michigan heritage. During his life he also enjoyed bowling, golf, camping, numerous card games and always enjoyed a good joke.
He was most proud of his family. His children are Terry Brown (Dale) of Colorado; Jim Lytle (Nikki), Bozeman; Beth Hertsens, Bozeman; Chris Wemple (Bill), Bozeman; Paul Lytle (Haylee), Wisconsin; Sara Lytle, Bozeman; and stepchildren Kent Brewer (Aimee), Florida; and Heidi Wulff (Shaun), Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, by his first wife, Shirley, his six children, two step-children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bob.
After battling cancer and heart disease, and defying the odds, living over 30 years with one lung, Paul was the "Energizer Bunny" and the "Comeback Kid." His laugh could be heard around the block. No one loved life the way Paul did.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Cremation and Funeral Gallery at 29 8th Street in Billings.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to Unity Church of Christianity, Independence Hall, or a
Cremation or Funeral Gallery
29 Eighth Street West
Billings, MT 59101
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 13, 2013