Lyle Williams, age 89

Lyle L. Williams

Lyle L. Williams was born June 12, 1927, on his father’s homestead, just west of the Jackson County line, between Cottonwood and Quinn, S.D., the son of Lee E. and Doris E. (Putnam) Williams. He grew up on the homestead and attended Pleasant Valley rural school until the fifth grade when he and his brother Leslie moved to Quinn and stayed in the dorms for the rest of the school years. Lyle lived in the dorms during the school year, and graduated from Quinn High School in 1945.
After graduation, Lyle entered the US Army, where he was stationed in Mississippi and Florida. Upon his honorable discharge on September 6, 1946, he returned to his father’s ranch. 
Lyle was united in marriage to Viola Hamm on March 22, 1947, in Rapid City. (They later found out that they were baptized together on the same day as children.) They made their home on his father’s ranch for one year before moving to Interior where Lyle was the Standard Bulk Agent. 
On October 11, 1950, they moved to Owanka and purchased a ranch and raised their family. In 1969, Lyle began in the livestock order buying business as a side job, but grew into buying and selling numerous cattle every year. In 1976, Lyle moved to Rapid City and purchased the Rapid City Livestock Auction. In 1978, he sold the auction barn and moved northeast of Box Elder where they resided until moving to Wall in 2004, after selling part of his cattle to his grandson, and handed his order buying business to his son Myron. 
Lyle is a 63-year member of the American Legion, a 39-year member of the Elks Club of Rapid City, a 45-year member of the South Dakota Buckaroos, and spent 20 years as vice-moderator of the Wicksville Community Church, where he was instrumental in the consolidation of the Lakeside and Owanka churches, and the move of the church to Wicksville. Lyle is currently a member of the United Methodist Church of Wall.
Lyle is very proud of the legacy he has left with his family, and the work ethic that is shown in the younger generations.
Survivors include two sons, Myron Williams and his wife Mary of Wall, and Marvin Williams and his wife Norma of Owanka; one daughter, Laine Halverson and her husband Mike of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leslie Williams (Catherine) of Wall; two sisters-in-law, Wava Williams of Boulder, Colo., and Loy Hamm of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, on July 10, 2015; his parents; three brothers, Gene, Verl, and Forrest Williams; one great-granddaughter, Makayla Madeline Mattox, as an infant; one great-grandson, Jacob Williams, as an infant; and one granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Williams.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at the Wall United Methodist Church, with Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.
Interment followed in the Wall Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

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