Dr. Lyle Knudsen passed away February 17, 2014 at Village at Skyline in Colorado Springs where he had been living for several years. He was born outside of Moville, Iowa on August 9, 1923. He was strong and dedicated in his Christian faith. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren and friends.
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Lyle is survived by his daughter Becky (Gary) Englebright of Littleton CO, son Dr. David Knudsen of Brookings SD, granddaughters Maggie Knudsen of Denver CO and Nicole Englebright of New Orleans LA, grandson Dr. Eric Knudsen of Philadelphia PA and great-grandson Elliott Dimitrov of Denver CO.
He was preceded in death by his son Brian Knudsen and his wife of 67 years, Annabel Mathena Knudsen.
Lyle graduated from Battle Creek School in Battle Creek, IA in 1940, from Morningside College (B.S. in Physics) in Sioux City, IA in 1946 and from Duke University in Durham, NC in 1950. In 1943, he was drafted to serve in the Army Air Corps. He spent 1944 - 1946 in Africa at air bases in Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia as an aviation meteorologist and a cryptographic officer. He remained in the US Air Force Reserves until 1960. After graduating from Duke with both his Masters and PhD in Forestry, he took a job as an Assistant Professor at the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station in Wooster, OH. In 1954, he took a civilian job with the Air Force and, after working until 1956 at Hamilton AFB (Novato, CA), moved to Colorado Springs for the rest of his career in the office of Operations Analysis, Aerospace Defense Command, Ent AFB. He traveled all over the world for his job, including going to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to train Vietnamese civilians.
Lyle was a founding member of Village Christian Church of Colorado Springs. He was very active in the church and filled numerous positions over the years, including Board chairman, Treasurer and Elder.
Lyle was an avid water skier and snow skier. After he retired from Federal Service, he founded the Silver Streaks senior ski club in Colorado Springs. He traveled for fun with his wife Ann, mostly after his retirement, going on tours to most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa, as well as personal trips to all 50 states. He was an avid square and round dancer who danced with several groups.
A memorial service will be held at Village Christian Church on April 12, 2014 at 3 PM.
In lieu of flowers, cash gifts can go to the Lyle Knudsen Memorial Fund at Village Christian Church; proceeds will go to a special church project or an appropriate charity selected by the church.
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Published in The Gazette from Mar. 9 to Mar. 12, 2014