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Lyle J. Gilles

Lyle J. Gilles

Lyle J. Gilles, age 99 of Plum City, died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City with his family by his side.

Lyle was born on November 4, 1918 on the family farm in the Town of Union, rural Plum City. He was the son of Matt and Lena (Krings) Gilles. Lyle grew up in Plum City and graduated from Plum City High School. After high school, Lyle enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater in WWII. He served for four years and was Honorably Discharged. Lyle married Betty M. Stewart on April 5, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. In 1942, Lyle went into partnership with Henry Kannel and later Bob Black at the Hardware Store in Plum City and did heating and plumbing. He continued in the business until retiring in 1982. Lyle and Betty continued to live in Plum City the rest of Lyle’s life.

Lyle was a member of the Plum City Frank Gilles American Legion Post #365, a member of St. John Holy Name Society, a member of the Wisconsin Retail Hardware Association and he sat on the board that brought the bank to Plum City. Lyle sat on the board of directors for both the hospital and the nursing home in Plum City and was instrumental in building the new nursing home. He and Betty enjoyed traveling, spending many winters in Arizona, going fishing and taking family picnics.

Lyle is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty, six children; Dan (Kay) of Plum City, Linda (Larry) Chilson of Plum City, Lee of Downsville, Kay (Dan) Erickson of Prescott, Ann (Jeff) Bechel of Plum City and Amy (Dave) Comee of Savage, MN, daughters-in-law; Peggy Gilles of Plum City and Renee Gilles of Prescott, 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one son; Patrick Gilles, one daughter; Susan in infancy, one grandson; Michael Erickson, six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City with Rev. Joseph Okine-Quartey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Plum City American Legion Frank Gilles Post #365. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of services at the church on Thursday.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lyle’s name to Plum City American Legion, St. John the Baptist Church or the Plum City High School Scholarship Fund.


  1. Joe and Jan Drier

    Our sympathy to the family! Thinking of you all...

  2. Judi and Gary Bauer

    Sending our sympathy Betty to you and your family. Keeping you in our prayersk

  3. Jim Krause

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Bill and Maribeth Hartung

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
    Bill and Maribeth

  5. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    God Bless

  6. Margaret and Jeff Hartung

    Dear Gilles Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lyle was one of the sweetest men I knew. He always had a smile and a hello for you. He and Betty were toopers, attending Summerfest every year even with their walkers! I would hear of Christmas Eve celebrations and all the love your big family held for each other. That starts at the top. I will miss seeing him. Please give a special hug to Betty for us.
    Love to all,
    The Hartungs

  7. thomas Gane

    Sorry Lee and to the rest of your family for your loss, never had the pleasure to meeting your father. But I know he is a great man, by all the stories you have told me., God Bless

  8. Paul Gilles

    Betty and family,
    I'm so sorry about Lyle passing. Obviously, he was a very good man and I certainly have fond memories.
    Betty, I remember many nights sitting at Dad's (Walter's) kitchen table with you, Lyle, Dad and Bernie playing Pfeiffer, and the many gatherings in Plum City, at the cabin in Eau Galle, and at Club 10.
    I'm sorry I can't be there for the services. I am with you in spirit.
    Paul Gilles

  9. Peg Pemberton

    Kay Erickson, i am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My dad has been gone for quite some time, but I talk to him every day. God bless you and your family. Peg

  10. Rita Petty

    Betty and Family,
    Am so sorry to hear of Lyle's passing but we have
    many good memories to keep him alive in all of our hearts. Memories are the Legacy of Love.
    Bob and Rita

  11. Dennis Oberding

    RIP good friend

  12. Sister Deb Schwab

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you walk this journey of grief and loss.

  13. Al and Jeanne Rice

    Thoughts and prayers to a wonderful family of a wonderful man. May he always be in your hearts!

  14. Ann Leonard/Eldon Hines

    He truly lived a long life, you had many good years with him......blessed be his memory. I am so sorry of your loss. Hugs to you all. Love from Eldon and Ann

  15. Renee Linse

    Sending all of our love and prayers to your family. Ryan and Renee Linse

  16. Jacki Hofmeister

    May your family stay strong through the loss of another angel. Hugs to the Gilles family.

  17. Thom Rutherford

    Giles Family: I am happy to have met most of you and knew Lyle from business and the American Legion that we belong to. He was a pleasure to speak with and, as you know, Large supporter of the Plum City Community!!!
    Good JOB old soldier! Well Done!! Thom Rutherford Family.

  18. Karla Clare

    My thoughts and prayers to the family

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