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Lyle Mathison obituary

    Lyle E. Mathison, 84, of Lake City, passed away at his home in Lake City on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. He was born in Rushford, Minn. to Alfred and Judith (Distad) Mathison on February 13, 1938. Lyle graduated from Rochester Central High School in 1956, and after graduating he joined the U.S. Marines serving his country for three years.
    In 1960 Lyle went to work at IBM along with attending Winona State. He worked for IBM for 31 years retiring in 1991, where he held a variety of technical, sales, and management positions. He started in Rochester, then moved to Boulder, Colo., then to Minneapolis where he worked sales, and returned to Rochester.
    On March 7, 1964, he married Marilyn Drews in Rochester, who was the love of his life. After retirement Lyle along with his wife Marilyn and daughter Janel operated Mathison’s Pet Mart in Rochester and Winona. In 1988 they moved to Crosslake, Minn. and had the Rustic Way Gift Shop. From there they moved to Wausau, Wis. During their time in Wausau they purchased a cabin in Big Arbor Vitae Lake, Wis. where they enjoyed boating and fishing and family time. They upgraded the cabin by doubling its size, all this work was done by them over a couple of years. They made many new friends during their moves. In 2013 they moved to Lake City.
    Lyle was a member of the Lake City Lions, American Legion and Amvets. He was very active in First Lutheran Church and served on the council and stewardship board. During his time with Lions, he was awarded the Melvin Jones and the Hearing Research Fellow Award. He was proud of the 5MI District Governors Certificate Everyday Hero Award. He was president and very active in many Lions functions. Lyle was also always active doing many part-time jobs to keep busy. He followed sports, loved to hunt and fish with friends and family. All his life Lyle was helping neighbors and friends with all kinds of projects. Helping was always on his mind.
    Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Mathison of Lake City, a daughter, Janel (Jason) Fletcher and two grandchildren, Jadyn and Jaret Fletcher all of Alexandria, Minn.; a brother, Roger (Peggy) Mathison of Woodbury; and sisters-in-law, Violet (Dave) Schuett and Janet Knetter both of Wausau, Wis. He was preceded in death by two sons, Todd Alan and Kris Brion, his mother and father, Judith and Alfred, and a brother Harold.
    A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. with Pastor Duane Holst presiding. Burial will be in Pine Island Cemetery on Friday, June 10 at 11 a.m.
    Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel.  Guest register may be signed at

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