Prenzler, Lyle H. M.D.

November 25, 1922 - February 13, 2013

Garden Grove, California - Lyle Howard Prenzler, M.D., 90, of Garden Grove, California, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, California, of heart failure after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the in Lyle's name. Private interment was in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois.

Lyle was born on November 25, 1922 in Bloomington a son of Walter and Alma (Gerling) Prenzler. He is survived by his only brother, Vernon Prenzler (Doris) of Bloomington; four children, Holly Lloyd (Joseph), University City, Missouri, Heidi Stuart (Curtis), University City, Missouri, Lisa Rossman (Robert), Fairfield, California and Jon Prenzler (Melanie), San Jose, California; and five grandchildren, Hannah Lloyd, Lucy Lloyd, Elsa Stuart, Francis Stuart and Kevin Rossman. He is also survived by nephews, Kurt (Rita), Edwardsville, Illinois and Erik (Terri), Bloomington, and niece Judy, Omaha, Nebraska. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents.

He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Grade School and Bloomington High School. He began undergraduate studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and continued pre-med studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana, when, during World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. While in the Navy, he continued his medical education, eventually graduating from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago.

He served as a physician on ships in the Navy until he was honorably discharged in 1950. He interned at Queen's Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, and did residencies at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

He practiced medicine in Bloomington and Morris, Illinois, and from the late 1960s up until his retirement in Santa Ana, California.

He was an excellent swimmer and enjoyed swimming even into old age.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 22, 2013