Lyle J. Lamers, 97, of De Pere, passed away Sunday morning, December 30, 2012 at home. The son of the late Richard and Anna (Van Lanen) Lamers was born July 27, 1915 in the Town of Buchanan. He married Ellen Turriff at St. Boniface Church on June 17, 1941. She preceded him in death in 1972. On March 3, 1973, he married Helen (Klister) Vander Loop in Hollandtown.
Lyle farmed in the Towns of Wrightstown and Lawrence from 1928 to 1972. Mr. Lamers founded Lamers Bus Lines in 1944, and it is still in operation today. He drove bus until the age of 72 and was a member of the Wisconsin School Bus Association for many years. He served with the Lawrence Fire Department for 33 years. In his later years, his hobbies were working around the yard and in his shop and recycling.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, his children, Allen (Elaine) Lamers, Lyla (Frank) Griffin, Myra Lamers (Tom Foley), Kevin (Mary) Lamers, Helen's children, Joyce (Vince) Denzel, Dennis (Char) Vander Loop, Donald Vander Loop, James Vander Loop (Marge Zimmerman), Helen's daughters-in-law, Marian Vander Loop, Sandy Vander Loop, his twenty five grandchildren, thirty nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Survivors also include Lyle's siblings, Gene Lamers, Mary (Gerald) Nackers, Rose (Francis) Schmidt, Frances (Bob) Haen, Emily (Gordon) Vander Wyst, Marcel (Marilyn) Lamers, Mrs. Paul (Helen) Lamers. Lyle is also survived by Helen's brother Cyril Klister. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ellen, daughter-in-law, Carol (Landwehr) Lamers, siblings, Gordon (Mary) Lamers, Ruby (Robert) Turriff (Van Handel), Jane (Sylvester) Vosters, Paul Lamers, Delia Lamers. In addition, Lyle is also preceded in death by Ellen's family, Robert Turriff, Mary (Bill) Rottier, Rose (Norman) Bain, as well as Helen's children, Norman and Antone Vander Loop, grandson Scott Vander Loop, and her siblings.
Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2013. (TODAY). Family prayer service will be held at 3:30 pm. Visitation will also be held at 9:00 am Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Family, Suburban Drive at Lourdes Avenue, De Pere until time of service. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church at 11:00 am Friday with Father Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., officiating. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Lamers Family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations would be appreciated to the Lamers Family Memorial Fund, which supports local charities and educational institutions.
The Lamers family extends a special thank you to Anna Jane Diedrich. Also a special thanks to Carrie, Benna, Brooke and the staff from Home Instead.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2013