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Lyle Young

East Lansing - Lyle Young passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Surrounded by his family, he left this Earth in peace and with his faith in Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Sharon K Young, his brother, Richard Young and his parents Elmer and Marie young. He is survived by his three children and their families. Karen and Tony Wey, Dan and Leann Young and Debbie and Peter Brown, his wife, Patricia Fernald-Young and his extended Fernald family. Lyle will be best remembered by the way he cherished his relationships. He and Sharon began their journey dating as teenagers in the small town of Brown City. They married on September 15, 1961. Lyle worked for Halmich Sod Nurseries in Brown City until 1964, when he was given the opportunity to manage a farm in East Lansing. He and Sharon moved to East Lansing where they raised their three children and built a beautiful life together. They made many lifelong friends that shared many a New Year's Eve, Saturday night dinners, and numerous vacations. They loved to entertain, cook for people in their home or cottage on Otsego Lake, and vacation every winter with their family and friends. There are 40+ years of memories across four generations in the Florida Keys, which was one of his favorite places to visit. He worked for Halmich Sod Nurseries for over 49 years. Hired by Wilber Johnson as a part-time summer employee proved to pay off for the both of them. Lyle was entrusted to build a sod nursery second to none, which he did with Sharon's help. Year-after-year, with the love he had for the business, he was able to learn, grow, and gain the respect of his peers. He was instrumental in growing the farm that became one of the largest operating sod farms in the Midwest. His knowledge was sought-after by many, including the turf program at Michigan State University. He shared his knowledge, selflessly, with competitors and aspiring turf farmers without hesitation. Truly a humble man that loved what he did. He eventually purchased his own sod farm and took great pride in building that in later years with his son, Dan and grandson, Lyle. Young's Turf will continue his legacy for decades to come. His crew and their families were especially important to him. His actions proved that daily, by the way he treated them. They saw early in their employment; he was not the typical boss. Families stayed with him for decades and second generations joined the crew because of his dedication and fairness. Many of his close friendships can be traced back to the sod farm. A fair man can do business with friends and vice-versa. He was proof of this. He married Patty later in life and together they made new traditions and enjoyed Florida trips to Lakeland. He shared his love for entertaining with her, and together they prepared many meals with friends from Brown City and attended the occasional Detroit Tigers baseball game during spring training. He loved her children and Grandchildren and cooked for them often. No Fernald child will ever forget the way he prepared a steak or a fried shrimp dinner. We will remember a man that was humble by nature, that loved his family and friends, and his life, for the true beauty that it was. He kept it simple and constant with all us. He knew deep relationships that last a lifetime take tender and constant care. Friendships are only true if time is invested. Life can be easy if you tend to it every day. To sum it up: keep it watered. An outdoor celebration of Lyle's life will be held this summer. Arrangements by the Holihan-Atkin-Barclay Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Share your memories and condolences online at

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
Lyle was my cousin and a wonderful person. I have only spent time with him a handful of times, but I’m proud to say he was a part of our family. He will be very much missed.
Brittanie Young
January 19, 2021
An amazing man and dear friend. He will be missed.
Sunny Olsen
January 12, 2021
I truly love this family

Tara Fitzpatrick
January 12, 2021
Karen, Dan, Debbie and Family:

Words cannot express the depth of the love and respect that my family had for your Dad, your Mom, and you kids. Your Tribute to your Dad was very well written and very good, and I personally witnessed 100% of the wonderful things that you said about your Dad and Mom. Your Dad was honest, sincere, funny, and he treated everyone with genuine dignity and respect. He and your Mom were well liked and respected by everyone who knew them. The summers we spent fishing and water skiing, and the winters snowmobiling, at Otsego Lake, were wonderful years, full of great memories. Your Uncle John and Aunt Sally, and their children, were also very special to us. We also met both sets of your grandparents, as well as your Uncle Dick and his family, at Otsego Lake and they were all very nice people too. My Dad probably started buying sod from Halmich around the time your Dad moved there in 1964, and our families quickly became good friends, far beyond their business relationship. I worked summers in sodding from 1972-6, and I got to know your Mom and Dad as a "young adult" instead of a child, and they were even more impressive to me as I matured. They had a wonderful, loving marriage, and they adored you kids. They made me want to have a family of my own, and when I married and had children, I took them back to visit your parents, as I wanted to share the joy I took in my own family with your Mom and Dad. I loved working with your Dad, as well as Roy, Al, Mario, Little John and all the guys during that 1972-6 timeframe. They all helped shape a young boy into an honest, hardworking man. I called your Dad after your Mom passed away, and at the end of the call, I thanked him for everything your family had done for us over the years. I told your Dad that I was a hardworking man, and that I never give up, and that he and my Dad, and my summers in the sod business, were where that character was built into me. Your Mom and Dad were absolutely the best, and you were all blessed to have them as parents and grandparents.
Steve Blake
January 10, 2021
I am Sorry for your loss
Antonio & Dolores Garcia
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