Lyle Swenson, beloved dad, grandpa, teacher, and friend, died on December 3, 2014. Lyle was born on January 30, 1937 in Coteau, North Dakota, the youngest son of Sigurd and Sophie (Sorlie) Swenson. Lyle grew up in Polson Montana with his brothers, Dean and Ernest. Lyle graduated from Polson High School in 1955 and from Northern Montana College in 1961. Lyle began his long teaching career in Roberts Montana in 1961. Lyle married Janet Nelson in 1966, and a year later their son, Bill, was born. Lyle and family moved to Terry Montana in 1969 where daughters Melaney and Lisa were born.
Lyle was a strong and generous father. Lyle worked very hard to support his family and help his children realize their dreams. Lyle’s young grandsons, Colton and Bryson, brought him tremendous joy in the final years of his life. Lyle taught shop to thousands of students during a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. Called “Coach” by many students, Lyle also taught the values of hard work and integrity. Lyle also taught Hunter’s Education for over 30 years. Lyle and Janet were very involved in the community. Lyle served as president of the Terry Teacher’s Association and on the board of Prairie Community Hospital. Lyle spent many hours helping out friends and neighbors by sharing his mechanical and carpentry abilities. Lyle was a kind and loyal friend to many throughout the years. Lyle’s dry sense of humor was appreciated by all who spent time with him.
Lyle is survived by his son, Bill Swenson, of Scappoose, OR; daughter Melaney Swenson of Belgrade, MT; daughter Lisa Lowery of Roundup, MT; brother Ernest Swenson of Reno, NV; and sister-in-law Lezlie Nelson of Livingston, MT. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Janet Swenson, and his brother Dean Swenson.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com. Memorials can be made to a charity of one’s choice.