Lyle Fangman - December 20, 2011After a courageous battle with cancer, Lyle Joseph Fangman, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at his son’s home in Belmont, N.C.
Services celebrating Lyle’s life will be held in Warrenton, N.C., Templeton, Iowa and in The Villages, Fla., at the convenience of the family. Share memories or condolences by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com and signing Mr. Fangman’s guestbook.
A native of Templeton, Iowa, he was the son of the late Clarence Joseph and Mary Muhlbauer Fangman.
Lyle graduated from Kuemper High School in Carroll, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War. After his discharge in 1970, he earned a business degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He was initially employed at Peavey Company in Hastings, Minn., and in 1978 joined the Ralston Purina Company in Davenport, Iowa. In 1985, he joined The Iams Pet Food Company as a plant manager in Aurora. He later became the plant manager in Henderson, N.C. In 1996, he moved to Dayton, Ohio, to become the vice president of manufacturing for Iams. He not only took pride in his work, but also truly loved The Iams Company and his work colleagues. He is remembered as an ethical and compassionate person with a trademark sense of humor.
After his retirement in 2003, Lyle spent time at Lake Gaston, N.C., with his family. He loved teaching his grandchildren to drive a boat, water ski and to play soduko and cribbage. At his seasonal home in The Villages, Fla., he enjoyed driving around in his golf cart and participating in many social activities with his wife, Linda. Lyle was especially proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and the choices they have made in life. His family will always remember how he appreciated life, accepted change and looked forward to new experiences with enthusiasm and courage.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 42 years, Linda K. Bohlken Fangman of The Villages, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph “Joe” and Renee Fangman of Parker, Colo., William “Bill” and Shanda Fangman of Belmont, N.C., Brian and Lilian Fangman of Fishersville, Va.; grandchildren, Hallie, Taylor, Samantha, Jack and Katherine “Katie” Fangman; sisters, Carol Schoeppner of Templeton, Iowa and Mary (James) Cain of Norwalk, Iowa; several nieces and nephews, and countless other friends and family whom were blessed to have known him.
Memorials in Lyle Fangman’s name may be sent to Lyle’s favorite charity: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148) or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte, NC Region (1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204).
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont, N.C. is serving the family.