Lyle Fjoser (November 18, 1929 – November 20, 2022)
We are so sad.
Just two days after his 93rd birthday, Lyle Fjoser of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Battle Lake, Minnesota, took his last breath. We’ve all lost a wonderful partner, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, and friend.
Lyle was born to Albert Fjoser and Clara (Hammer) Fjoser on November 18, 1929, in Ashby, Minnesota. He attended school, before spending several years working in various states around the country during his teenage years. Lyle enlisted in the US Army at the age of 16, and spent several years working as a military policeman in Nuremburg, Germany.
After returning to Minnesota, Lyle met and then married the love of his life Ordella (Dellie) Ost of Parker’s Prairie, Minnesota. Together, Lyle and Dellie raised five children while moving to East Grand Forks, ND, and Carlisle, Currie, Fulda and Arlington, MN, while Lyle was working as a grain elevator manager. In 1972, he purchased St. Peter Grain and Feed, which he and Dellie ran until they retired in 1992. Following their retirement, Lyle and Dellie began spending winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, where they loved hiking and spending time with friends, as well as with the many family members who made their way to Arizona each year. Summers were spent enjoying time with family in Battle Lake, Minnesota – and included many walks to Granny’s Pantry for ice cream with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following Dellie’s death in 2010, Lyle found love again in Sue Taylor, whom he affectionately called “Suzie.” The two of them enjoyed several years travelling between Minnesota, Arizona, and Washington.
Lyle was someone who lived life to its fullest and loved being surrounded by family. A talented storyteller, his tales about his adventures as a teen riding the rails during the 1940s and as a military policeman in Nuremburg, Germany, during the World War II war trials always drew a crowd of avid listeners. He enjoyed the great outdoors, and made time for fishing, camping, golfing, biking, hiking, hunting, and gardening. In his later years, you would often find him on his deck, whittling and carving. Lyle recently received a Quilt of Valor, a once-in-a-lifetime award for his military service.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Clara Fjoser, brothers Stanley, Clinton and Wallace, and sister Doris. He was also preceded by his beloved wife Dellie, son Randy, grandson Steven, and great-grandsons Drew and Connor. Lyle is survived by his partner Sue Taylor and his children Ted (Sally) Fjoser, Trisha (Mike) Zeiher, Terry (Paul) Snetting, Butch Fjoser and daughter-in-law Dar Shaul. He is also survived by his sister Alice (DeArv) Gimm and sister-in-law, Janice (Rodger)Barker; grandchildren Lisa, Jake, Wendy, Becky, Jason, Ryan, Jamison, Amber, Andy, Sarah, Ben, Rachael and Randy, as well as several great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reached out to us with all their kind words and memories. A memorial service will be held in Battle Lake, Minnesota in spring 2023. Instead of flowers, we invite you to donate to a charity of your choice in Lyle’s memory. Click here to share a memory or photo with Lyle’s family: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/m3TjxVT7
Memorial Service: 1:00 P.M., Friday, May 19, 2023, at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
Clergy: Pastor Lynn Melchior
Interment: First Lutheran Cemetery, Battle Lake, MN