BENKELMAN -- Lyle Wiese, 75, died Tuesday (October 21, 2003) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 8, 1927, to Henry and Margaretha (Mumm) Wiese in Bloomfield. He graduated from high school in Osmond.
In 1946, he moved with his parents to Pierce.
On Jan. 17, 1948, he married Esther E. Dommer. In 1960, he began a lifelong career of brand inspector for the State of Nebraska. In 1965, his position transferred him and his family to Benkelman.
In 1973, he and his son, Brad, opened B&L Feed Store, which they operated until 1993. He worked as a deputy with the Dundy County Sheriff's Department, he was sexton and caretaker of the Benkelman Cemetery in 1978 for ten years, he and his family ran the sale barn from 1975-1978, and in his spare time, he and his wife mowed, watered and maintained the city park, ball diamond and the grounds surrounding city buildings.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, he served on the church council, he was a member of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, the Benkelman City Council
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and Alvin; one sister, Bernice; one daughter-in-law, Trudy; one grandchild, Christa; and one great-grandchild, Madison.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Wiese; five sons, Rod and wife, Lana Wiese, Larry and wife Carol Wiese, Brad and wife, Sherri Wiese, Scott and wife, Deb Wiese, all of Benkelman and Kip and wife, Deonn Wiese of St. Francis; one daughter, Bonnie and husband, Bob Willis of Benkelman; three sisters, Marie McFarland of Norfolk, Delilah Beltz of Pierce and Adeline Backer of Laramie, Wyo.; two sisters-in-law, Olivette Wiese of Willington, Calif., and Evelyn Wiese of Lark Park, Iowa; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services are Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday, 1-8 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in her name to Dundy County Hospital Foundation, PO Box 85, Benkelman, NE 69021.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.