Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, great-great-grandpa, brother and uncle passed away peacefully just four days before his 99th birthday, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Owosso.
He was born in Owosso Dec. 6, 1920, at the home of his parents, Albert and Ida (Hornstra) Splan. He was a World War ll veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He retired from General Motors in 1982. He and his wife Jeanette (Good) were lifelong Owosso residents. Together, they raised three children: Robert, William and Kimberly. Jeanette died in 1988.
Lyle married Violet I. Lewis Dec. 1, 1990, in Ovid. With his second family, he gained 10 stepchildren. The blended families enjoyed many wonderful times at the cabin Lyle had built in Gladwin along the Tidabawassee River. Lyle enjoyed a good game of cribbage, solitaire, euchre and was passionate about completing his crossword puzzles.
In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Lyle was a Corunna VFW and Owosso Eagles member. He and Violet were members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Violet; sons Robert Splan of Tennessee and William (Gail) Splan of Owosso; daughter Kim (Abe) Powell of Laingsburg; stepchildren Teri Rossman of Florida, Ruth (Mike) Benovic of Fruitport, Debbie (Art) Price of Ovid, Dinah Tyler of Grand Ledge, Kristina Weideman of Florida, Chris (Bob) Campbell, Irene (David) Wyrick of Byron, Kathy (Brian) Bracey of Ovid, Daniel (Sandie) Spear of Battle Creek and Karen (Dave) Rosquin of West Bloomfield; many, many grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by sisters Waunita Malkaski, Alva McClain and Ester Evitts, all of Owosso, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife Jeanette; brothers Leonard, Harold and Jack; sister Bea; and brothers-in-law Tap Evitts, Bernard McClain and Felix Malkaski.
A funeral service will take place at noon today, Dec. 5, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings Lyons Chapel, with the Rev. Steffani Glygoroff officiating. Military honors will immediately follow the service. Internment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Home Veterans, 1605 Vandekarr Road, Owosso, Mi 48867.