Lyle F. Hoeft

March 10, 1921 - Oct. 10, 2008

Lyle F. Hoeft of Waukesha died Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at LindenGrove Health Care Center in Waukesha at age 87. He was born March 10, 1921, in Waukesha, the son of Fred and Dela (nee Wrede) Hoeft.

After attending Hadfield Elementary School, Lyle attended Waukesha High School, where he was editor of the Cardinal Star newspaper. During his high school years, he enjoyed working at Pfeiler Pharmacy and the Park Theater.

Lyle earned a bachelorís degree in philosophy from Carroll College in 1943, and he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. On Dec. 18, 1943, Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Emma Louise "Emmylou" Pfeiler at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha. She preceded him in death Sept. 3, 1969.

As a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Lyle proudly served his country during World War II as part of the 1st and 2nd Marine Division, Sixth Amphibian Tractor Battalion and saw action on Saipan, Okinawa and Pelileu.

Lyle was employed at National Advertising, Bostrom Corp., Investors Diversified Services and Sears in Waukesha, and then at Brookfield Square until retirement. He was elected an alderman for Waukesha in 1946 at age 25 and served for a total of nine years during the next 19-year period, finally retiring from public service in 1965. He enjoyed acting and performed in many plays with the Waukesha Civic Theatre, where he was a past president, as well as performing with the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. He also volunteered as a tour guide at Old World Wisconsin.

Lyle was a loving husband and father who worked hard throughout his life. He had a great sense of humor and was a fine actor. He enjoyed reading books, particularly Civil War history. Lyle also enjoyed his weekly dinner-and-a-movie nights with Doris, cooking and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and Boise State Broncos.

Lyle will be sadly missed by his brother, Milo Hoeft; his children, Steve Hoeft, Mike (Virginia) Hoeft, Linda Gurr, Jeff (Deborah) Hoeft and Wendy (James) Koeppl; grandchildren, Erik Buth, Zachary (Andrea) Buth, Casey Hoeft, Emmylou (Tim) Wilson, Andrew Hoeft, John Hoeft, Matthew (Sharon) Waskowiak, Doug Hoeft, Brian Hoeft, Kevin Hoeft, Jameson Koeppl, Daniel Koeppl, Dustin Koeppl and Jacob Koeppl; as well as six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by longtime companion Doris Harrison.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service today, Oct. 14, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will be Wednesday in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Lyleís name to the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.

"On the whole, Iíd rather be in Philadelphia."

- W.C. Fields

We will miss you Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Friend.