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Lyle Whiteman

June 25, 1946 — November 6, 2022

Lyle passed away Nov. 6, 2022, in Kalispell.

He was born June 25, 1946, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, adopted to Wesley and Mary Whiteman of Cataldo, Idaho. Lyle grew up in Cataldo and graduated from Kellogg High School in 1964. Lyle attended and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a degree in education in 1969. It was here he met the love of his life, Marcia Pfannsmith. They married Jan. 28, 1967. Shortly after graduating Lyle and Marcia moved to Brady, Montana, where Lyle started teaching and coaching. After several years they moved to Havre for a teaching job and later settled in Bigfork where he finished his 41 years of a teaching/coaching career, all while raising a family.

Lyle faithfully served as a Gideon for over 40 years in the Kalispell camp. He was a devoted Bobcat fan and proud member of the Quarterback Club. He was known for his character, integrity, and goofy sense of humor. His presence will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Lyle left behind his four children, Brenda Gortmaker (Bryan Gortmaker), Colleen Whiteman (Alejandro Reyez), Darryl Whiteman, and Andrew Whiteman (Terra Whiteman); and seven beautiful grandchildren, Libby (Patrick), Samantha, Allyson, Issac, Glorianna, Charlee and Cash.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wes and Mary Whitema, and his brother David Whiteman.

Lyle passed away of complications from a fall in his home. He had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and is now with him for all eternity, smiling, full of joy, free from suffering and pain.

A service of remembrance will take place Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell.

In lieu of flowers, The family would appreciate donations be sent in Lyle’s honor to: Gideons International, P.O. Box 1305, Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-257-1316.

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