Former Michigan Farm Bureau Board member, Lyle Howard LeCronier of Freeland, in Bay County, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family on October 6, 2018. Born on November 2, 1934 to Howard & Jessie (McKellar) LeCronier, he was the youngest of four children.
Living on a farm and during the Great Depression gave him tenacity, a vivid personality, the ability to fix anything and to take pleasure in and enjoy all aspects of his rich life. Lyle was a 1952 graduate of Arthur Hill HS and a 1954 graduate of Michigan State Agricultural School.
While on leave from the US Army, he married Charlene Elvey on March 26, 1955. They celebrated 63 years of marriage together and she survives him. In addition to his wife Charlene, he is also survived by his children: Greg (LuAnn) LeCronier of Otsego, MI; Lori LeCronier of Midland; Cheri (Tony) Barnhart of Lansing; Cindy (Al) Hage of Midland and Derek (Susan) LeCronier of Freeland.
Besides Lyle’s family, his faith and farming were of utmost importance to him. He was a lifelong farmer and lived his entire life on the same farm – with the exception of two years served in the Army.
His dedication to community included serving as a 4-H Leader and as President of the Michigan Soybean Association. He also served on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 10 years from 1981-1990, representing farmers from the Saginaw Valley/Bay area of District 8. He was a proud 3rd generation, lifelong member of the Freeland United Methodist Church. With his service, he likely held a position with every committee created.
There wasn’t a taller tale teller than Lyle. His stories were wildly descriptive, from Buster’s old truck, to getting dog-jaw, to the sausages that just shot right out of their buns, to the memorable trip getting mattresses home on the top of a truck – you never knew if it was a factual or a fictional tale but it didn’t matter because you were so entertained. Lyle’s solid, honest, spirited presence will be sorely missed.
Funeral and committal services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday October 11, 2018 at Freeland United Methodist Church. Rev. Kayla Roosa will officiate. Friends may call at the Freeland United Methodist Church, 205 E. Washington St. Freeland, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 10th and from 10:00 am until the time of service on Thursday.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorials to the Toni & Trish House for the Terminally Ill (Auburn), Mid-Michigan Hospice or the Freeland United Methodist Church. Arrangements by the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. 310 E. Washington St., Freeland, MI 48623-0362.