Funeral services for Lyle Hambek were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish.
Burial was in the Black Hills National Cemetery with full military honors. Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish were in charge of arrangements.
Lyle was born in Gregory to James and Lillian Hambek in 1932 who farmed south of Gregory.
Though Lyle’s childhood was difficult, he helped support his mother after his parent’s divorce, and graduated from high school in 1951. Lyle served in the Army and earned the Combat Infantry Badge for his time in the Korean War.
After the war he was a lineman for Gregory County before becoming a carrier for the U. S. Postal Service.
Lyle married Gaye Stroschine on September 11, 1963 and was the father to three children, Brian, Pam, and Donnie. Lyle and Gaye moved from Gregory to Piedmont and then Spearfish in 1970 where they became involved in the community. He helped build the Mountain View Baptist Church, served in the Lions Club, and served as commander of the American Legion. Lyle retired from the Postal Service in 1989 and began his second career as an electrician before working for Knecht Home Center.
He passed away on November 24, 2018 at the age of 86 in Spearfish.
Lyle is survived by his sister, Carol (Ted) Fowler; children, Brian Hambek, Pam (Terry) Anderson, Donnie (Naomi) Hambek; and grandchildren, Allison, Courtney and Kirsten Anderson, and Thatcher Hambek.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Hambek; father, James Hambek; wife, Gaye; uncle, Tony Hambek.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to benefit the Spearfish Lion’s Club and the American Legion Post 164.