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Lyle L. Luellen, son of the late Sam and Elzada (Ferguson) Luellen, was born on Sept. 27, 1938 in Bertha, Mo., and passed away on Feb. 19, 2011, in St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. He was 72 years, 4 months, and 23 days of age.
Lyle attended school at Bertha, Hickory Flats, and Mountain Grove before moving to Dayton, Wash. in 1955. He graduated from Dayton High School in 1957.
While living in Dayton, Lyle worked as a farmer and for the Green Giant Company. He was also a volunteer fire fighter and a reserve deputy sheriff. He moved to Gentryville, Mo., 20 years ago where he was a volunteer fire fighter, a storm watcher, and a first responder. He helped many people throughout his life and helped finance the new fire station building. Lyle also enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing.
Besides his parents, Lyle was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Luellen, and one sister, Moelia Wilson.
He is survived by four brothers: Sam Luellen and his wife, Ann, of Leesburg, Fla., Kenneth Luellen and his wife, Jeanette, of Louisville, Neb., Lawrence Luellen and his wife, Mary, of Gentryville, and Jim Luellen and his wife Sharon, of Gentryville; five sisters: Ilga Bensen of Odessa, Mo., Genevie “Hilda” Luellen of Columbia, Mo., Kathy Haynie and her husband, Don, of Gentryville, Linda Robbins and her husband, Tom, of Manley, Neb., and Carol Pulliam and her husband, Gerald, of Dayton, Wash.; and many other friends and neighbors who will greatly miss him.
Online condolences: www.craig hurttfuneralhome.com
Funeral services for Lyle Luellen were held on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Gail Scherer officiating. Song selections were “In The Garden and “Gone Home.” Burial was in the Luellen Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Mo.