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Lyle Kemnitz, 89, Pembina, ND, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016, at the Lutheran Sunset Home, Grafton, ND. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pembina Lutheran Church, Pembina, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the Cavalier Cemetery.
Lyle Kemnitz was born May 23, 1927 at Cavalier, ND to Leonard and Anna (Grube) Kemnitz. Growing up he attended country schools in Carlisle and Pembina townships. In 1942, he and his family moved from Hamilton, ND to rural Pembina, where they farmed. On May 29, 1945, Lyle enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17. While in the service he was stationed in Samar, Philippines with the rank of Seaman 1st class. After his discharge, Lyle attended the Agricultural College in Crookston, MN. It was there he met his wife to be Gladys.
On October 22, 1948, Lyle married Gladys Torgerson at Crookston, MN. They farmed and raised their four children in the Pembina area.
Lyle was a life member of the Kern-Thompson Legion Post #77 for 59 years and a life member of the VFW, Kennedy, MN. He was also a member of the Hallock Eagles, Walsh County Gun Club, and the Valley Cruisers.
One of his greatest passions was deer hunting. He spent countless hours feeding and watching the deer. A keen eye from quite a distance. He was a huge NASCAR fan with Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. being his favorite drivers. Lyle was known to be quite a "Hustler" as he took on many with his excellent skills at playing pool. As many know his one-handed technique would beat many. Lyle also enjoyed going to auctions with family and friends and knew a "good deal" when he saw it. His love for fishing in Canada, Lake of the Woods, and the Red River was also a passion. Above all, Lyle worked hard all of his life and instilled the value of hard work in his children and grandchildren. The biggest love of all was his wife of 67 years, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He had a big heart, with plenty to say!
He is survived by his wife Gladys; children: Dennis Kemnitz, Warren, MN, Rick (Sheila) Kemnitz, Cavalier, ND, Perry Kemnitz (Valerie Blomquist), Pembina, ND, Sheila (Paul) Hartje, Bathgate, ND; grandchildren: Racheal (David) Thompson, Karla (Shaun) Bracken, Kari (Dario) Situm; Jered (Missy) Kemnitz, Nathan Kemnitz (Nicolle Sapa), Nikolas (Julie) Kemnitz; Gabriel Hartje; step-grandchildren: Zachariah and Elijah Hartje; great-grandchildren: Shane and Dax Thompson, Josie Bracken, Lukas Situm, Madison Bergman; Ryker Kemnitz, and Aubree Kemnitz; godchild, Tricia Bates.
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant son; grandson, Shaun Michael Kemnitz; brother, Donald Kemnitz; godchild, Jerry Kain.
Many prayers go out to you,Gladys,Dennis,Rick,Perry. Sheila & families...I wish I could have been able to make it today. As sad as it is for family & friends, it is still comforting to see & speak to everyone. My thoughts have been with you all this week,remembering happier times.
shirley cosley Aug 5 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Cindy Cluchie Aug 3 2016 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and Prayers go out to The Lyle Kemnitz family.....I was able to have many visits with Lyle and I will say one thing he was a man of great character and a kind man with a gift of gab...he loved his vehicles and had great knowledge of many things......
Shawn Carrier Aug 3 2016 12:00 AM
Our deepest condolences to family and friends. It is very painful to say goodbye to someone we love. So we will not say goodbye, just, 'see you later'. And until we say hello again, every loving memory will be like the warming rays of sun which help to bring comfort from the pain and sorrow. May the promise of the resurrection to life everlasting on earth give you hope and peace that is beyond all understanding. (John 11:23-26; Revelation 21:3,4.) Heartfelt prayers are with you.
Williams Family Aug 3 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. From the first time I met him I knew I liked him. He taught me all I know about playing pool, he was one of the only people I enjoyed losing to simply because I learned more and more about the game. Every time I saw him out and about I would visit with him. I will miss him deeply. 😢
Aaron Steen Aug 2 2016 12:00 AM
May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss. Lyle was a very kind man and will be missed by many. Thinking of you and your family, Mike, Mark, Barb, Oliver, Jack, and your friends at Gregory Ford.
Gregory Ford Inc. Aug 2 2016 12:00 AM