Lyle was born Feb 28, 1924 to Clyde and Floris Mowery Dixon on a farm in Kill Creek Township in Osborne, County Kansas. He attended country school at Twin Creek School and later at Osborne, Kansas. He graduated from Osborne High school in 1942 where he met his wife Carol R McNeal. They were married later that year.
He enlisted in U.S Navy in December 1942 serving in the Pacific aboard U.S.S Savo Island, a CVE aircraft carrier until 1945. The ship participated in several invasions in the Philippines, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The ship earned the Presidential award for valor.
Following his service he attended college on a GI bill at Oklahoma State University earning a BS in electrical engineering and MS in mathematics He later attended the University of Kansas earning a Ph. D in Mathematics Education. In 1963 he joined the Faculty at Kansas State University where he specialized in training secondary Math teachers and Elementary Teachers. He wrote 2 textbooks, Basic Mathematics and Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. He was awarded NSF grants for in-service training of teachers. He retired Professor Emeritus from KSU. Overall he spent 52 years in the classroom.
He loved to fish and hunt, participated in ham radio. He was a life member of the American legion, VFW, National council of teachers of mathematics, member and former president of the Solar Kiwanis, member of Sons of the American Revolution and active member of the Republican Party. He also served as a member and chairman of the City Planning board and Urban Area Planning board in Manhattan.
He taught Sunday school at various Methodist churches before moving to Manhattan where he joined the First United Methodist church. As a member for over 50 years he served on many committees, the financial board and as a youth leader.
He is survived by his wife Carol R Dixon, daughter Madelyn C. (Terry) Short, daughter Cheri L. (Billie) Vines, grand children: Brian (Amy) Hood, Erin Hood, Jessica Vines (Chris) Guild, Bruce Vines, Taren Vines, Sean (Christina) Wells, Samantha Wells (Eric) Nott, four Great Grandchildren, Brayden Wells, Dixon Nott, Katherine and Audrey Hood.
He was preceded in death by parents and daughter Denise A. (Greg) Wells.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 28th, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Melanie Nord officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, June 29th, at the Osborne Cemetery in Osborne, KS, with Reverend Dorothy Ellsworth officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, or the First United Methodist Church in Osborne. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.