Lyle Cutler

June 6, 1931 ~ April 26, 2022 (age 90)


This is a day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Services for Lyle Cutler, 90, of Claremont will be 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30th at the United Methodist Church in Claremont.  Pastor Rodney Ulmer will officiate.  Burial with military honors will follow in Huffton Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Lyle passed away April 26, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. 

Lyle LaVere Cutler was born on June 8th, 1931 to Howard and Sybil (Bibler) Cutler.  He had 3 older brothers, Keith, Dale, and Verl, and 2 younger sisters Mary Lynn James and Ann Carver.  He lived his entire life within 5 miles of where he was born. He grew up on the family farm and learned a lot from his older brothers. He was athletic with the help of good leadership -Coach Bill Welsh for football and basketball.  He graduated from Claremont High School in 1949 and went on to SDSU in Brookings.  In 1951 he was drafted into the army and served in the Korean War. While in Korea, God was watchful. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and he came home and married Joan Reisenweber of Kidder the same year. Lyle and Joan lived on Howard and Sybil’s farm until they were able to build their own home in 1961 and have lived there ever since. Although Lyle didn’t originate the saying – “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”, he lived it through farming and cattle.  Every summer, Lyle would take his family on a camping/driving vacation. Lyle was a fisherman and taught his family to also love the sport. He also loved playing cards, kept a daily journal, did daily devotions, and enjoyed many hobbies. His hobbies include building doll houses and barns for grandchildren, building carousel horses, giving and carving over 100 canes and walking sticks, and carving in many styles. He always told his family that it was important to keep busy in retirement.

Lyle was an active member of the Methodist Church in Claremont and the American Legion.He was a founding member of Northern Grain Elevator, Huffton School Board, 50-year member of South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, founding member of the American Simmental Association - ASA member #25, and the 2 Cylinder Club. He was named “Outstanding Young Farmer” in 1960.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 67 years, Joan, and his 6 children, Paula (Bart) Christensen in Watertown; Sandy Fiegen in Marion, Iowa; Loren (Connie) Cutler in Veblen; Melanie (Rick) Rossow in Glenwood Springs, CO; Cara (Scott) Dennert in Columbia; Dianthe (Troy) Olson in Garretson.  Lyle had 28 grandchildren Summer (Xiao) Ping Zhang, Ember Christensen, Trevor (Ally) Christensen, Taylor (Katlyn) Christensen; Maureen (Phil) Hrdlicka, Kate (Tim) Nash, Paul (Chelsea) Fiegen, Theresa (Dana) Hallengren; Joshua (Annie) Cutler, Jeremy (Shauna) Cutler, Michelle (James) Haugaard, Mallory (Frank) Bauman, Jordan (Grace) Cutler, Kristin (Ryan) Rekow, Alicia (TJ) Amdahl, Marissa Cutler, Lucas (Elisabeth) Cutler, Carson (Amelia) Cutler, Kaitlyn Cutler; Morgan (James) Swanson, Tyler Rossow; Kalee Dennert, Jenna (Chase) Jamison; Olivia Olson, Grace Olson, Delaney Olson, Isaac Olson, Merritt Olson. Lyle had 57 great grandchildren. His sister Ann Carver lives in Marshall, Minnesota and his sister Mary Lynn (Bill) James lives in Houghton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Sybil Cutler, parents-in-law, Paul and Ella Reisenweber, and his 3 brothers Keith Cutler, Dale Cutler, and Verl Cutler.


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