Lyle Everett O’Donnell

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November 28, 1949 ~ June 2, 2022

Lyle E. O’Donnell, age 72, Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House, on June 2, 2022, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.  

    Funeral Service will be 10:30 am, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, (5500 W 26th Street, Sioux Falls) Monday, June 6, 2022. A private scattering of ashes in the “North Forty” of the O’Donnell Family Farm (weather permitting), followed by a graveside burial in the Faulkton Catholic Cemetery, (St. Thomas), on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Any Memorials will be donated to the Tyndall Fire Department. 

    Lyle Everett O’Donnell was born November 28, 1949, in Redfield, to Leo and Dorothy (Schroeder) O’Donnell.  Lyle attended early elementary school, grades 1-4 in Orient, SD. He finished grade school in the Faulkton school system and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1968. Lyle grew up on a ranch just outside Orient, SD. He was a real cowboy, riding horses and raising 4-H sheep. He enjoyed many seasons of deer hunting on the family farm, as well as hunting jackrabbits and gophers for bounty.  

    Lyle attended Southern State College in Springfield, SD, graduating in May 1970 with an Associate Degree in Industrial Art. Following graduation, he worked for Bernie Bambas Construction building homes in the Tyndall area. In 1972 he started working for Ranek Implement. 

    Lyle married Mikie Gleason, on November 28, 1970. This union was blessed with two sons, Dean and Mark. He later married Jamie Kopp (Henning) on July 17, 1999, in Viborg, SD. 

    Lyle was a community-minded man serving as a member of the Tyndall Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. In 1977, Lyle started working as a Bon Homme County Deputy Sheriff. In 1979, he was appointed to the Sheriff’s position. He ran on the Republican ticket for the Sheriff’s position and served for a total of 19 years in the County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1994. 

     Lyle worked several years for Tyndall John Deere Implement, selling parts, delivering oil, and driving semis for large oversized equipment. He moved to the Viborg area in 1999. In 2014, he retired from the Viborg City Maintenance Department after 10 years of reading meters, fixing broken pipes, repairing city streets, cutting down trees, plowing snow, and hanging Christmas lights. 

    Lyle was a Member of the SD Sheriff Assn, SD Peace Officers Assn, President of the Lewis & Clark Law Enforcement Assn, and in 1987 was recognized for his Outstanding Duty by the Dakota Point Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol.  

    Lyle was also an old car buff, restoring several old vehicles. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, and the PBA.

    Lyle was appreciated for helping people whenever and wherever he could. Many people considered him a good friend. He could often be found lending a hand fixing a neighbor’s lawn mower, dog, or horse sitting for a vacationing friend, firing up Old Green, his ‘66 pickup to haul off a load of just about anything. He particularly enjoyed visiting with the people whom he delivered Meals on Wheels, which honored him with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Viborg community.   

    Lyle will be affectionately remembered as a good and honest man, especially loved by dogs, horses, and little girls.

     Survivors include his wife, Jamie; sons, Dean (Veronica) O’Donnell, Brenham, TX, Mark (Nikki) O’Donnell, Yankton, SD, Josh (Anne) Kopp, Eagle River, AK, Joel (Dawn) Kopp, Sioux City, Iowa, Jeremy Kopp, SFSD, and Jon (Rhonda) Kopp, Brandon, SD; grandchildren, Denver, Tyler, Kauy and Kelsi O’Donnell, Lindsey (Ben) Gillette, Megan, Riley, Teagan, Elizabeth, and Madison Kopp; brothers, Gail (Mary) O’Donnell, Tulare, SD, and James O’Donnell; and his beloved Pomapoo, Spunky Runky.

    Lyle is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, LaVern, and sister, LeAnn. 

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  • Marjorie A Stoebner says:

    Lyle was such a help to me many years ago during a child abuse case when I was a kindergarten teacher in Tyndall. Without his help I am positive we would not have had a living child. He went above and beyond the call of duty to help me save a life. I will always be thankful. He had two very awesome sons that touched my life as their teacher. He did many good things for Bon Homme county. I feel honored to have known him. He was a great man.
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