Lyle Culp went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Taylor House. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St., Ames. Burial will follow services in Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell, Iowa.
Lyle was born May 31, 1929, to Elmer and Estella (Noe) Culp. Lyle graduated from Garrison High School in 1946. After graduation, he worked as a farm laborer until he joined the Army. He was an Army corporal with the 45th division of the 279th Battalion as a gunner 81mm mortar. He received a commendation ribbon and medal pendant for meritorious service in Korea. He served from 1952 to 1953.
Lyle returned to Garrison and continued as a farm laborer, including 80 acres that Lyle and his brother, Theron (Dean), inherited from their parents. In 1960, he opened an implement business called Culp Sales and Service in Traer. He sold Case implements and American Motors cars. From 1970 to 1982, he started selling New Holland implements and, in 1974, discontinued the American Motors cars. In 1977. Lyle decided to take the civil service test to become a rural carrier. From 1981 to 1986, he worked as a subrural carrier in Traer and continued his business.
Lyle moved to Huxley in December 1986 and became a regular carrier in 1987. He retired in 1991. He married Agatha Allie on June 25, 1988. Both lived in Huxley until her death in April 2009.
Lyle enjoyed riding his Case 800 in the Slater and Huxley's summer parades for 18 years. Tractors were his passion. He loved basketball and always went to the Ballard girls and boys basketball games. He loved watching Iowa State and even the Iowa Hawkeyes. Lyle moved to Ankeny in 2015 to be with his partner, Diana Haines. He loved his family and enjoyed family activities. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his partner, Diana Haines of Ankeny; two stepsons, Marvin (Robbie Kerkove) Allie and Merlin (Neala) Allie of Huxley; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Allie of Urbandale; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Agatha Culp; brother, Theron (Dean) Culp; stepson, Melvin Allie; and nephew, Jerry Culp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Lyle's name to the Story County Freedom Flight and the ARL animal shelter.
Online condolences and thoughtful memories can be shared on Lyle's page at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com.