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Lyle Franklin Liming

Lyle Franklin Liming
Lyle Franklin Liming
- June 19, 2017

Lyle Franklin Liming, 93, of Belle Fourche, SD passed away at the Ft. Meade Veterans Hospice Care facility where he had been since mid-February.

Lyle was born January 18, 1924 to Franklin E. Liming and Susan Rhoda (Ritter) Liming in Lead, SD. Unfortunately, he never met his dad since he passed away from pneumonia a few months before Lyle was born. His mother raised him with three other siblings: Ray, Ivan and Ellen during very difficult times.

The family moved numerous times throughout Lyle’s growing up years in the Newell, Vale and Nisland areas depending on where his mother could find work to support her family. Life was not easy and food was scarce many times but he always had high respect for his mother.

Lyle worked from the time he was a small child herding cattle for $1.50 a month to setting pins at the bowling alley at night. This job made attending/staying alert during school difficult. Needless to say, school was not his favorite place and attempted to drop out early. One man saw to it that Lyle stayed in school as long as possible. He introduced Lyle to team basketball. This worked for a while but Lyle did not go to school past his Junior year.

World War II was happening and Lyle enlisted in the Navy. He did his basics in Norfolk, VA in June 1943. He went to the South Pacific by ship and did work as part of the relatively new organization in the Navy as a Seabee (Construction Battalion), that built runways and naval bases on islands once they were secured. He remained in the service until November 1945.

He was living and working in Belle Fourche when he met his future bride, one of the new nurses brought to the area to work. He and Marilyn “Shorty” Monger were married on August 1, 1950 in Sherman, SD at her parents’ family farm. In 1953 they welcomed a daughter, Patti Ann; Ronald David was born in 1955 and Dawn Marie came along in 1959.

Lyle had numerous jobs in his life. He worked with Kenny Umenthum as a carpenter, worked on a construction crew at Ellsworth AFB, hauled LP gas, and with Emmett Riley in the gravel business before Lyle started Liming Construction on his own.

In his younger years, Lyle was a very avid bowler. At one time, he and Dale Wright won the state men’s bowling tournament as a doubles team. Another favorite pastime was dancing. He and Shorty seemed to just float on the dancefloor and you could see the delight on both of their faces.

Lyle took up gardening later on and loved to see what he could grow. He loved sharing what he had. He even had friendly competition with some of his buddies to the point of “cheating” at who had the first tomato. It was noted that somebody tied a tomato to their plant! When the grandchildren came along, it was common for him to take them to water the garden, but they always returned with ice cream! Must be some new species of plant in the garden to grow ice cream cones!

Lyle was a generous man... of his time, garden, and product. He was not overly talkative, but could and would voice his opinion. He was very caring and offered his services of help when he could.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of nearly 67 years; children, Patti (Tom) Joehnck; Ron Liming and Jeanne Liming; Dawn (Larry) Draine; grandchildren, Jamie Joehnck and Robert Crane, Trent (Jessi) Joehnck, Nicholas (Jill) Liming, David Liming, Tim (Joni) Draine, Stacie (Kelly) Ostendorf, James (Dani) Draine; great-grandchildren, Addison, Cole, Cody, Gavin, Henry, Sophie, Sawyer, Elena and Graham.

Memorials made be made to a charity of ones’ choice; St. James Lutheran Church, or a children’s food program in your area.


Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Church. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 20th at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Jean Helmer officiating. There will be fellowship immediately following the funeral at the church with interment to follow at 2:30 PM at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com

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