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Lyle Ham - January 26, 2010


Lyle Rodney Ham, 77, was born Dec. 12, 1932 on a cold, -24 degree morning at home in Saronville, Neb. to Verner and Faye Ham. Fortunately, Verner’s 1928 handcrank Chevrolet started that morning, allowing him to reach the telephone operator to notify the doctor. Lyle spent those first few days in a bassinet on top of the stove. Lyle died Jan. 26, 2010 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lyle spent his formative years working on the farm and attending school until the middle of his sophomore year when he and his family moved to Haxtun, where he met and married the love of his life, Mary Darlene Ham.

For the next 60 years, Lyle and Darlene dedicated their lives towards raising their family and helping maintain the community they loved. Lyle was a charter member of the Lions Club and was a member of the Haxtun School Board from 1960-1963. Lyle was both a farmer and rancher; he farmed out of necessity, but his true love was ranching.

Lyle spent the greater part of his life thinking and caring for others. In particular, he saw to it that his children were able to pursue and obtain their dreams, and in his last few years had begun to do the same for his grandchildren.

His children remember him as being someone who always thought three steps ahead so he could help them prepare. They remember him for having the ability to paint a fence, change oil in a vehicle and pack a wheel bearing and not get a drop of anything on him. All he had to do was wash his hands and move on to wherever he was needed most. He had the unerring ability to analyze virtually anything and then know what had to be done and who needed help doing it. Lyle was known as an honest individual you could count on. He was a good and decent man.

Surviving family include his wife, Darlene; sons, Rod and Tony; daughter, Joni; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lyle’s funeral service was held Jan. 30 at the Haxtun Community Center, with interment following in Haxtun Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to the Haxtun Volunteer Fire Department or the Haxtun Hospital Foundation. Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.