Mr. Lyle L. Arnes passed away at Harmony Commons Assistive Living in Racine on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, where he had lived for the past year, after a long battle with the effects of the Shy-Drager Syndrome for close to ten years.
Lyle was born in Cumberland, Wisconsin, on January 21, 1920, to Harry and Ruth (Nee: Loomis) Arnes. He was united in marriage to Marie “Jackie” Fornary on December 10, 1943, in Patterson, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1943, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then served his country during World War II for two years as an Ensign in the United States Navy, being discharged in 1946 after also serving for 9 months as First Lieutenant at the Naval Base on Iwo Jima.
Lyle was employed as an Engineer at Walker Manufacturing Company for 33 years. During his employment years, he was granted 15 patents related to “Walker Jack” products or components. After retirement in 1980, he continued to work for Walker’s as an “Expert Witness” in product liability cases involving Walker Jacks.
Survivors include his wife, Marie, of 64 years; his daughter, Lucy (Don) Carlson; his grandchildren, Michelle (Tom) Rouse and Rachael (Steve) Pollock; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Thomas Jr., Jacqueline, and Jayda Faith Rouse. He is also survived by his brother, Harry (Jackie) Arnes of Arkansas; and sister-in-law, Lucy Pucely of Racine. Additionally, he is survived by nieces, nephews, and friends who have always held a very special place in his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Marlys Johnson and Harriette Lien.
A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:00 P.M. with Rev. Jim Olson officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 P.M. until time of service. Memorials to the Shy-Drager Research Fund or for an education fund to be established for Lyle’s great-grandchildren have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Hospice Alliance, especially Terry and Stephanie A. who always treated Lyle with love, dignity, and respect especially in his final days. The family also thanks the staff at Harmony Commons for all the kindness and care shown them during this most difficult time.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 MAIN ST (262) 634-7888