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Lt. Col. (Ret) Lyle G. Seydel
Birth date: January 20, 1928
Death date: April 7, 2012
Lt. Col. (Ret) Lyle G. Seydel, 84, a direct descendent of Johnson County pioneers, died Saturday April 7, 2012 at Lantern Park Care Center in Coralville.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Wednesday, April 11th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Spiegel officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lt. Col. (Ret) Lyle G. Seydel Memorial Fund for Veterans.
Lyle was born January 20, 1928 in Windham, Iowa, the son of William and Nellie Volk Seydel. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Lyle received his bachelor’s degree in military science from the University of Omaha and his Master’s degree from Command General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
Lyle retired from military service in the US Army following 22 years of service to his Country. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel and in 2006 was awarded the Will J. Hayek award for his record of outstanding military and civilian service. His distinguished career reflected his adventurous spirit and commitment to his country. He entered the army in November of 1948. While in basic training he became involved with the U.S. Army boxing team where he represented Fort Knox in the Golden Gloves tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. He then attended OCS at Fort Riley, Kansas and Parachute Jump School at Fort Bragg North Carolina. In 1951, Lyle was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he married his hometown sweetheart, Carol Chopek. On deployment to Korea from early 1952 until late 1953, he commanded an anti aircraft battalion and served as a supply officer. After Korea, Lyle attended the Army language school and was sent to France, with his wife and young family, to serve as an Army interpreter from 1956-1959.
He returned to the United States, and served as battalion commander in the NORAD air defense system and then returned to Europe to serve with the 7th Army Germany as commander of a heavy artillery battalion for three years. 1964 he returned to the States and was stationed at Fort Sheridan with the 5th Army in Chicago and then the 9th Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1967 he was deploued to Vietnam as Divarty S3 with the 9th Infantry Division. From 1968 until his retirement in 1969, Lyle served as the Inspector General at Rock Island Arsenal.
Medals Awarded to Lyle G. Seydel include Senior Parachutist Badge; Korean Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Bronze Star; UN Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Viet Nam Service Medal; and Legion of Merit Badge
Upon his retirement, Lyle was hired as the first Housing Coordinator for the Iowa City Low and Elderly Housing Project. Under his management the program grew to include 417 units. The following developments were financed and constructed by HUD during Lyle’s years as Housing Coordinator: Autumn Park for the Elderly, Capitol House for the Elderly, Hollywood Complex, Shamrock Place Complex; and Pleasant Ridge.
Lyle’s professional drive was matched with a strong commitment to his wife, Carol, of sixty years and five children. While his children were growing, Lyle supported many of the institutions that shaped their lives. He served as leader and assistant leader for the Boy Scout Troop 212 at St Mary’s Church; Little League coach; on the Council at St Mary’s Church; and as a Board member on the Regina School Board. The hobbies shared with his wife and children included travelling; camping; hunting and fishing. After the children were grown, Lyle and Carol continued to travel together in their mobile home. He loved to drive and navigated many highways and byways from Iowa to Alaska, to the northern reaches of Nova Scotia into Newfoundland, and through Central America into Guatemala.
His undying spirit of adventure lives on in his wife Carol and their five children and ten grandchildren, Rev. Ann (Rev. Bob) Molsberry of Westerville, Ohio and children Ames (Amanda) Caitlin; Madonna (Howard) White of Iowa City and children Brenna (Brad) Eldeen, Cassie Lynch, Max and Donovan Mikelson; Jennifer Seydel PhD (Mark Heininger PhD) of Madison, WI; Lee Seydel of Iowa City and children Colton and Anna; Lyle (Liz) Seydel Jr. of West Branch and children Will and Joseph; Great Grandchildren, Everly, Anden and Hutch Eldeen and Molly Molsberry; five siblings, Evelyn Jensen, Dale (Margaret) Seydel and Robert (Marlene) Seydel, all of Iowa City, Dorothy Long of South Dakota and Bonnie (William) Ball of Oxford.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter Michah and seven siblings, Ed, Orville, Earl, Guy, Ivan, Don and Betty.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lt. Col. (Ret) Lyle G. Seydel Memorial Fund for Veterans.
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service - Iowa City 605 Kirkwood Avenue, P.O. 167 Iowa City Iowa 52244 (map/driving directions)
Parish Vigil Service at 7 pm
10:00 am on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at St. Mary's Church (Iowa City) 220 E. Jefferson Iowa City Iowa 52245 (map/driving directions)
St. Joseph Cemetery 1122 North Dodge Street Iowa City Iowa 52245 (map/driving directions)
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