Francis Kemp "Joe" Lytle was born Dec. 1, 1950 in Ames, Iowa to C. F. "Bud" Lytle and Doris Berglund Lytle. He was raised in Iowa and Colorado.
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After many years of struggling with depression he took his life on May 29. We who loved him so dearly hope and pray he finally has found peace.
During his lifetime he worked a variety of jobs; working on a shrimp boat, building microwave towers and wind generators and managing a recycling plant in Denver. He moved to Bozeman in 2001. He worked at Bare's Stove & Spa, Joe's Parkway and Van's IGA. Toward the end of his life he had a handy man business.
We loved Joe's wit and laugh. He was a voracious reader with such a clever, charming personality. Joe was a very funny and entertaining guy with a great sense of humor. He was always cracking jokes and making unusual observations on the world around us. He enjoyed challenging anyone and everyone to a good game of cribbage, which he usually won.
To the younger cousins in the family he was a bit of a mythic figure. To them Joe was this ruggedly handsome, brash-talking, wicked smart figure … and a ski god. During his downhill skiing days everyone compared him with Roger Staub, the Swiss Olympic skier.
That is the Joe we will miss and when we think about those times he will bring smiles to our faces.
Survivors include his parents, Bud Lytle of Canyon Ferry, Doris Lytle of Lakewood, Colo.; sisters, Kathi Lytle Bare of Bozeman and Barb Wendel of Reno, Nev.; nephews, Chad (Teri) Wright of Helena and Chris and Cory Wendel of Nevada; great niece and nephew, Haley and Spencer Wright of Helena and a large extended family.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date at Canyon Ferry.
Joe's final gift to life was the donation of his corneas and tissues through Sight Life (ww.sightlife.org) and Life Net Health Northwest (www.lifenethealth.org) in partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Foundation (www.bozemandeaconess.com). Over 40 people will benefit from this generous gift.
Memorials can be made to the groups mentioned above.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 2, 2013