Personal Histories

Lyle Plambeck GM3/c

Lyle was born April 29, 1926 on a farm 2 1/2 miles south of Chalco, Nebraska to William and Christena Plambeck. In the Spring of 1930, he and his parents moved to a farm near Papillion, Nebraska where he attended schools and graduated in 1943 at the age of 16. He participated in all of his school’s athletic programs and most of their musical programs. In February 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Hugh W. Hadley. He was made Gunner’s Mate Third Class July 1, 1945. Following his discharge from the Navy Lyle was employed by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company to which he devoted 23 years of loyal service. During the course of employment he transferred to Fargo, North Dakota in 1958. In 1969, he left the telephone company to purse other business interests. He co-founded DSI, Inc. now in West Fargo and later purchased a half interest in Tri-State Auction company, also in West Fargo. He retired from those businesses in 1987.

He was united in marriage to Valborg L. Holmstrom on May 2, 1948. Lyle and Val were the proud parents of four children, Stephen, David, Dan, and Kristi.

Lyle was very active in many organizations. He was a KCCH Mason at the East Gate Lodge in Fargo: he was a Shiner at El Zagal Temple in Fargo, having served as its Potentate in 1974, and was a long time member of the Ritualistic Divan: he was a life time member of the Royal order of jesters: he was a Boy Scout Leader for ten years and a leader of two troops to national jamborees, including the 1964 Jamboree in Valley forge and the 1969 Jamboree at Farragut, Idaho; he helped organize and served as the first President of the Scottish Right Childhood Speech and Language Disorder Center in Fargo: and he was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.

He enjoyed many hobbies but most of all, he enjoyed people and lived his life with uncommon zest and optimism.

Lyle passed on Sunday, August 17, 1997 at home with his family and friends.

He was survived by his wife Val, son Steve, daughter-in-law Carma Jo, son Dan, and daughter Kristi Jacobson and ten grandchildren. he was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Tena, and son Dave.
This this story was rewritten from Lyle’s obituary, sent to this writer by Dave Plambeck, Lyles’s son.