Lyle L. Stemper

Lyle L. Stemper, age 71, of Mission Hill, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services to celebrate Lyle’s life will be 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota. The funeral will be live streamed on Lyle’s obituary page at  Military honors will be provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 in Yankton following the funeral.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

Lyle L. Stemper was born October 5, 1949, in Huron, South Dakota, to Cecil and Phyllis (Ames) Stemper.  He grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota and graduated from Mitchell High School.  He then enlisted into the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War on the USS Mullany before becoming a corpsman for the Navy.  After the war, Lyle returned to Mitchell and attended Mitchell Technical Institute, graduating with a Med Tech Degree.  He married Nellie Juarez on April 17, 1971 in Mitchell and worked in Mitchell for a while before moving to California where he worked at Loma Linda University Medical Center.  They lived in California for 30 years before moving to Yankton, South Dakota in 1998 to be closer to family.  Lyle worked at Applied Engineering in Yankton until his retirement.

Lyle was a quiet, hardworking family man.  He loved music and enjoyed Jazz and all types of music.  He enjoyed dancing and took dance classes with Nellie and even danced competitively.  His favorite dance was the Waltz.  He was an avid Lakers and Dodgers fan and enjoyed woodworking and most recently started sketching and drawing.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Stemper of Mission Hill, South Dakota; son, Chad (Jennifer) Stemper of Yankton, South Dakota; two grandchildren: Alisha and Zachary; two great grandchildren: Gabriel and Nicholas; three sisters: Rita (Bob) Van Norman of Spearfish, South Dakota; Dawn Wirth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Gyla Bittner of Yankton; two brothers, David (Lynette) Stemper of Tennessee and Phillip (Lori) Stemper of Mitchell, South Dakota; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



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4 response to "Lyle L. Stemper"

  1. By: Corinne Ditmar Posted: January 16, 2021

    Dear Nellie and family,
    I am sorry to hear about Lyle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and comfort at this sad time.
    Love and Prayers, Corinne Ditmar

  2. By: Susan Schavee Posted: January 16, 2021

    Nellie and family, So sorry to learn this sad news. May memories give you comfort and may you find peace.

  3. By: June Napoli Posted: January 16, 2021

    Nelly and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Prayers for strength and peace.

  4. By: Linda Nuneman Posted: January 18, 2021

    Cousin Lyle and I were about the same age — he was one year older than me. Even though my family moved from South Dakota when I was about 5 years old, we visited our Stemper relatives there as often as we could. I have a framed beautiful black and white photo taken at Aunt Rita and Uncle Tony’s wedding; Lyle was the ring bearer and I was the flower girl. He looks so cute and innocent dressed up in a little suit and tie.
    Lyle and his family lived on a farm near Mitchell for a while, and one of my favorite things to do was to visit the farm. Lyle and I would go exploring in the farm fields, walking near a creek, looking for snakes, playing with cow pies. We sometimes did small chores together. I remember one time Lyle took me along to spread manure in a field. He forgot to warn me that sometimes the wind shifts, and accidental sprays of manure would attach to your skin. We laughed about that.
    Speaking of farms, Lyle and Nellie visited us several times in recent years in our home west of Chicago. We always enjoyed their visits. We once went to an alpaca farm (I think there was one llama also) a few miles from us. It was a wonderful day. The couple who owned the alpaca farm gave us a wonderful tour of the large barn, and explained how the alpacas lived, and how they were groomed, even how they made the yarn from them. Nellie and I enjoyed purchasing a few items in the alpaca store in their farm home.
    Another good memory of our time with Lyle and Nellie was when we met in the Quad Cities on the border of Iowa and Illinois. Lyle and Nellie had invited us to tour the John Deere farm implement visitor center and grounds. I remember it was a very hot day, and, to end the day, we went to a restaurant there, celebrating with 4 very cold Blue Moons in frosted mugs, with a twist of orange. Such fun.
    On what I think was their last visit with us in Illinois, Lyle and Nellie were brave enough to take the train into Chicago on their own to explore. We dropped them off at the “little train” — electric CTA station, for the noisy, jostling 45-minute ride into Chicago, with instructions of how to get tickets at Union Station in Chicago to take the “big” Metra train back to within a couple miles of our house — a 1 hour and 20 minute train ride. They survived! And, we celebrated by having supper at a Mexican restaurant — again — with 4 ice cold beers, I believe — probably Dos XX beer.
    Lyle and Nellie were always the perfect hosts, inviting us to stay at their home when we visited the South Dakota area. Our last trip there, I believe was 2 years ago, We would get together with them to go to the wonderful cousins’ Fiscus annual gathering at the end of July. My dad Walter was there, also as a guest at Lyle and Nellie’s. Anyway, we were on our way to the Fiscus gathering, with the car full, on the country road on the way into Yankton. We spotted something in the middle of the road — a turtle? After a couple miles, we turned around, because that’s what we do when we see turtles in the middle of the road. Everyone is looking for this turtle to save. We spot it; pull over to the side. Lo and behold — it is a cap! So, one of those not so rare and not so endangered Cap Turtles. We all had a good laugh. I think we left the cap there to either be run over or saved again.
    Lyle was a great Dodger’s fan; and I am a Chicago Cubs fan. So, we would have an occasional bet when they played against each other. I don’t remember who won the last bet, or what the bet was, but it was fun doing.
    Lyle was a dear cousin, so nice and low-key and easy to be around, as is Nellie. Nellie, you are my cousin by default, and also a friend. I celebrate Lyle’s life and the wonderful times spent together. In his honor, I will root for the LA Dodgers all year, and I will have a Blue Moon in a frosted mug, with a twist of orange. Love to Nellie and all my cousins and their families.

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