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Lyle Tompkins


Lyle Tompkins, 69, of Clarence, formerly of Wyoming, passed away on Nov. 15, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer at St. Luke's Hospice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
His funeral service will be held at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Wyoming, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. before the service.
Lyle was born Sept. 11, 1950, to Roy and Lillian (Gabel) Tompkins. He graduated Midland High School in Wyoming in 1968, and attended Iowa State University for botany and bacteriology.
He married Wendy Johnston on June 5, 1976, in Springville, Iowa. He owned and operated the trucking company WEXL for many years before retiring.
Lyle loved nature and was an avid fisherman and mushroom hunter. He enjoyed reading, classical music, carpentry and tending to his honeybees. He especially loved spending time with his family. Time with the grandkids brought him the greatest joy and he will be missed by so many.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 43 years, Wendy Tompkins; daughter, Heather (Tony) Covington of Anamosa; sons, Roy Tompkins of Clarence and Karl "K.C." Tompkins of Clarence; grandchildren, Makayla, Emily, William, Adelyn, Ali, Eddie, Nolan; soon to be one great-granddaughter; sisters, Cheryl Williams (Randy) of Troutville, Va., Mary (Bill) Mommsen of Elvira, Roanne (Mark) Willey of Center Junction, Beverley (Bob) Hickle of Blue Grass, Valerie (Steve) Wherry of Wyoming and Chauncey "Tommy" (Deb) Tompkins of Monmouth; brother-in-law, David Hickey; sisters-in-law, Carol Falco of Solon, Nancy (Terry) Wurster of Springville and Joyce (Ron) Berg of Claremore, Okla.; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Kellie) Johnston of Claremore, Okla., and Jeff (JoLynn) Johnston of Warsaw, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Todd; grandparents, Lyle and Bernice Tompkins, and William and Mary Gabel; mother and father-in-law, Karl and Meredith Johnston; and a sister-in-law, Karen Hickey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in his honor.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.
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