Lyle Kenneth Lindelien was born July 20, 1926, in Fargo, North Dakota, the only child of Eugene Oliver Lindelien and Jorgina Henrietta (Hartvikson) Lindelien. The family moved to Tacoma, Washington, while Lyle was a youth.
He graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 1945. He went to the College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound), graduating with a degree in economics in 1950. He later did postgraduate work at the University of Washington
Lyle briefly served in the U.S. Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged.
He married Beryl Lurella (Seed) Erickson on August 24, 1953, in Tacoma. She died April 27, 1989.
He married Edna Marge Morey of Port Angeles in Reno, Nevada, in June of 1990.
Lyle worked at Pan American World Airways before he began his career in education. His first teaching position was in Cathcart, Washington, in 1954.
He moved in 1955 to Port Angeles, where he taught speech and was a counselor at Roosevelt Junior High until 1972. In 1973, he moved to Port Angeles High School, where he was the vocational education director until his retirement in 1986.
Lyle belonged to NEA, PAEA and the Clallam County School Retirees Association.
Lyle was a loving father and friend. Liked by all, he enjoyed animals, children and travel. He especially loved to take spur-of-the-moment trips where he might be gone for a few days or a week or more.
He was quick-witted and loved to debate with his children. He loved life. His motto was: "Smile. Be sweet or be happy."
In addition to his wife, Marge, who is currently living in Brewster, Washington, with her son and his wife, Lyle is survived by three daughters, Karen (Harold) Casseday of Seabeck, Washington, and Krystine and Darla Jo Lindelien of St. Paul, Minnesota; stepdaughter Colleen (Paul) Teichman of Kalispell, Montana; stepsons Lawrence Erickson of Vancouver, Washington, Warren (Suzanne) Erickson of Suwanee, Georgia, and Brian (Patty) Morey of Brewster; and brother-in-law Darold Seed of Port Angeles. He also has two grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren, nine stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, Beryl, Lyle is preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Kathryn Erickson Cooter Long, who passed in October of 2004, and stepgranddaughter Kathryn Michelle Cooter, who passed in July of 1978.
In addition to his family, Lyle is survived by his adopted family of the Peninsula Manor staff, where he resided the last three years, and a multitude of loving friends.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, January 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sons of Norway Hall, 131 West Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Clallam County School Retirees Association in care of Reba Cornett, 2134 West Sixth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98363; to the Western and Central Washington State
Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-9011; or to the Peninsula Daily News Home Fund, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Linde-Price Funeral Service is serving the family.