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Lyle Stevens

Lyle Stevens, age 91 of Kadoka, SD, died October 6, 2008, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Services will be held Monday, Oct. 13th at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Rev. Gary McCubbin officiating. Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rush Funeral Home in Kadoka.

Lyle Bernard Stevens was born April 6, 1917, on his folks' homestead near Clearfield, SD, the son of William Arthur and Ruby (Fletcher) Stevens.

When he was four years old, the family moved to a ranch east of Wanblee. There he attended a one room school and graduated from Wanblee High School in 1935. In 1936, he moved to Idaho where he lived until 1940 when he moved to Rapid City, SD. There he worked as a service manager for the Packard Garage.

Lyle was united in marriage to Ellen G. Hercher on January 11, 1941, in Rapid City, SD, and to this union were born three children.

In 1942, Lyle and Ellen moved to Idaho and then on to Portland, OR, where Lyle worked in the Navy shipyards during the war. In 1946, they moved back to Rapid City where Lyle again owned and operated a Mobile Service Station for seven years. He worked as a car salesman for Hemmingson Auto Service, and in 1962, went to work at Jeff's Truck Stop. In 1970, he and Ellen opened a Skelly Service Station and Restaurant north of I-90 and worked there until their retirement in 1984.

Lyle was a member of the Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He was a charter member of the Lions Club (1984) receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 1988, the Lion of the Year Award in 1989, and 1994, and the Melvin Jones Award in 1992. In 1989 he received a plaque from the Masonic Lodge for Outstanding Citizen. Lyle served on the South Dakota Centennial committee, on the board of directors for the Community Action Program in Rapid City, the library board, and numerous other committees. Lyle claimed that what motivated him to get up and do what he needed to be done was his faith in God.

Lyle is survived by a son, Gene Stevens and his wife, Andrea, of Rapid City; two daughters, Barbara Haines and her husband, Harold, of Kearney, MO, and Roxy Richardson and her husband, Vernon, of Long Valley; grandchildren, Paige Auer and her husband, Mark, Patty Rubin and her husband, Dave, Cory Richardson and his wife, Kaya, Todd Stevens and his wife, Tricia, Julie Sowden and her husband, Jim, Troy Stevens and his wife, Stephanie, and Aaron Richardson; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Dutch Stevens and his wife, Billie, of Rapid City, and Swede Stevens and his wife, Sandie, of San Jose, CA; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; two sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services are pending with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

A memorial has been established.