Sgt. 1st Class Lyle W. Flowers (retired), 85, passed away in Albuquerque on May 6, 2014. Lyle was born March 12, 1929, in Ramah, Colorado, to Joseph W. and Agnes Franklin Flowers.
The family moved to Calhan, Colorado, in 1936, and to Denver in 1944, where he attended junior and senior high schools. Lyle joined the U.S. Army
in November, 1947. He was a motor sergeant and chief mechanic and, after his first tour of duty in Korea, decided to go into aviation. He accumulated nearly 200 combat support hours flying rescue and recovery missions in Vietnam.
Lyle married Shirley Ann Moorehouse in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 3, 1952. Lyle served two tours each in Korea, Vietnam and Alaska, retiring at Fort Wainwright in 1968, with 21 years of military service.
He received the following medals and awards: Army Commendation Medal, Korea Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal (five), Purple Heart (two), National Defense Service Medal, Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Senior Flight Wings, Senior Parachute Wings, Glider Wings, Weapons Qualifications Badge and Transportation School Qualification Certificates.
Lyle worked for the postal service in Fairbanks for 16 years and on June 29, 1984, combined his military and postal careers for one civil service retirement of 37 years.
In June 1985, Lyle, Shirley and youngest daughter, Shannon moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shirley passed away Dec. 12, 1987, one month after their 35th wedding anniversary. In 1991, Lyle met Bonnie Lee (Jackson) Bassham, and they were married May 22, 1993. Lyle was a member of First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph W. and Agnes Flowers; first wife, Shirley Ann; brothers, Roy Lee and Lynn; sister, Audrey Heinricy, and brothers- and sister-in-law, Haskell Heinricy, Herman Norden, Hiram Merritt, Kent Petre, Robert Ohnemus and Shirley Jean Flowers.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; daughters, Teresa Fodge (Gary Holguin), of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Danita (Lloyd) Swenson, of Fairbanks; and Shannon Flowers, of Anchorage; sisters, Eleanor Norden and Violet Merritt, of Denver, Colorado, and Christen Petre, of Castle Rock, Colorado; brother, Rex, of Sarasota, Florida; sister-in-law, Judy Ohnemus, of West Covina, California; six grandchildren, Christopher Fodge and Nicholas (Jennifer) Fodge, of Albuquerque; Lisa (Bill) Allen, Mark (Kim) Swenson and Sherri (Tim) Brown, all of Fairbanks, and Sheila (Steve) Hankins, of Naples, Florida; 17 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and good friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at First Baptist Church Rio Rancho, 19th St. and NM 528, in Rio Rancho, with Pastor Si Budagher officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the New Mexico Cancer Center, Heart Hospital of New Mexico or Presbyterian Home Hospice.