Lyle Sackman, age 71, of Fallon passed away February 27, 2018 at the Glendive Medical Center.
Lyle was born September 25, 1946 in Terry to Andrew and Ruth (Meidinger) Sackman. He attended school in Fallon, Mildred, the Sackman Country School and Terry High School. His first language was German, and he did not learn the English language until he started school.
When Lyle was 16 years old his father died. He quit high school and took over the responsibilities of the family farm and ranch near Mildred. In addition to taking on the duties of the farm and ranch, he also quickly assumed the patriarch role in the family at a very young age. He was the oldest of four children, with his youngest sister, Leita, only being two years old at the time of their father’s death.
On June 29, 1968, Lyle married Vera Strobel in Terry. They moved to Lyle’s home place where they farmed and ranched for a short time. They then moved to the Little Fallon Flat where they made their home, continued to farm and ranch, and raised their two children, Amy and Marty. Lyle resided there until the time of his death.
Lyle loved the ranching and farming life. He enjoyed taking his Harley for a ride and snowmobiling in the mountains. He also very much enjoyed going to coffee every morning with the Fallon coffee crew where they solved many problems, shared many stories, but most importantly shared a lot of laughs. Lyle and Vera liked to travel to California, Arizona, and Libby, Mont. to visit friends and family, but most of all Lyle loved watching his grandkids participate in events and spending time with his family. Lyle served on the Fallon School Board for many years, and he also served several terms on the Prairie County Grazing Board.
Lyle was known for his big smile, witty sense of humor, and great stories. He was honest and forthright. There was never a question of where you stood with this great man.
He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Sackman.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Vera; daughter, Amy (Jere) Rolandson of Miles City; son, Marty (Barb) Sackman of Fallon; grandchildren, Braden, Gavin, Madison, Casper, Meredith and Milo; mother, Ruth Sackman of Terry; brother, Loren (Phyllis) Sackman of Dickinson, N.D.; sister, Lotty Rambur of Terry; and sister, Leita (Lyle) Zimmerman of Red Lodge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Church of Fallon in Fallon, Mont. with burial following in the Fallon Cemetery.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Prairie County Hospital, the Fallon Fire Department or the charity of one’s choice.