GALESBURG - Dennis R. "Den" "Denny" Lytle, 69, Galesburg, died peacefully at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at his home.
Den was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Galesburg, the son of Richard D. and Betty (Bewley) Lytle. He married Peg Maupin in 1971 in Galesburg and later married Sharon Grabill in 1984.
Den is survived by his children, Jason D. (Sara) Lytle of Macomb, Jen Effler of Melissa, Texas, and Kristi (Kyle) Hunter of Mesa, Arizona; his mother, Betty Lytle of Galesburg; his brother, Barry "Tom" Lytle of Knoxville; and six grandchildren, Tyler Stewart, Madilyn and Maddox Effler, Reed and Olivia Lytle, Harlan Hunter and one grandchild on the way.
Den was preceded in death by his father; brother, Randy; and his sister-in-law, Linda.
Den graduated from Galesburg High School in 1969 and began working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 1970. He continued his education completing courses through the railroad, ultimately becoming an engineer. Den was a member of the local Brotherhood of Locomotive union. He was an avid bowler, participating on several bowling leagues, and was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Den was a diehard Cubs fan and a bandwagon Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed a good ride on his Harley and was quite the daredevil. In his younger years he had attended the Henderson Methodist Church. Den was an awesome dad and had a very generous heart.
Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Henderson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Knox County Humane Society. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Those wishing to attend the service "virtually" may watch live on the funeral home's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hinchliff-Pearson-West-Funeral-Directors-and-Cremation-Services-160333664037824.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.