Lyle Latimer, 77, Hazen, died peacefully at home on Dec. 12, 2012, surrounded by his family. Services will be held at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at English Lutheran Church, Hazen, with Pastor Derek Harkins officiating. Burial will follow at Hazen City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. CDT today, Dec. 14, at Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home, Hazen.
Lyle was born at home on Oct. 23, 1935, in Voltaire, N.D., to Melvin and Olga (Frantsvog) Latimer. He graduated from Velva High School and North Dakota State School of Science's Auto Body program. He entered the Army in 1959 and served as a Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was discharged and served in the Army Reserve until 1965. He worked at the Farmers Elevator, at Central Power, and as a line construction worker. He transferred to United Power Association in Stanton, where he worked as an operator and supervisor for 33 years, retiring in 1996.
He married Lillian Irene Knudtson on May 21, 1966. Lyle and Lil moved to Hazen in 1966. They were married for 46 years and raised three daughters. They have seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Lyle was active in his community throughout his life, including the Hazen Volunteer Fire Department, Hazen City Commission, American Legion (Commander), Hazen Rural Fire District, McLean-Mercer Regional Library Director, Ambulance Board, Regional Airport Board, Lewis and Clark Development Council, English Lutheran Church Council, and Mercer County Commission.
He enjoyed doing farm work for his neighbors and raising his cattle. Lyle loved reading and sports. His favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren participate in sports and activities. He was his grandchildren's biggest fan.
He is survived by: his wife, Lil, Hazen; daughters, Linette and Kevin Irwin, Hazen; LouAnn and Danny Matous, Sunnyvale, Texas; Laurel and Michael Brewer, Bossier City, La.; grandchildren, Kyle (Madison), Christine, Chelsey, Kaley, Whitney, Deven, and Rachel; great-grandson, Gavin; brothers, Marlin, Voltaire, N.D., Lowell, Minot, N.D., Robert, San Marcos, Texas; and sister, Lou Jean, Bismarck, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marilyn, and his favorite dog, Lucky.
Arrangements conducted by Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.