Lyle A. Kulberg, age 60, of Bird Island, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hector, Minnesota with interment at a later date.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hector, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Service will be live-streamed via First Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Facebook page.
Lyle Allyn Kulberg was born February 28, 1962 to Duane and Oradel Kulberg of rural Hector. He filled his life with circles of people that complemented his vast interests, hobbies and employment history.
Lyle attended kindergarten through 12th grade in Hector. During his High School years, he enjoyed playing football and wrestling. He placed 4th at State his senior year while wrestling in the heavy weight division (before he was really a heavy weight). This circle is where he made cherished lifelong friends.
His next circle was during his adult life when he worked for Loftness Manufacturing. This opportunity kept him attached to the agricultural and local community that he loved and he gained knowledge in equipment manufacturing and transportation of those goods.
In early 1989, Lyle and his brother Dale, bought the grocery store in Buffalo Lake, MN. They focused on being the local meat counter and this is where Lyle learned to be a butcher. Again, his circle of people that loved and supported him grew.
Lyle’s passion was always farming. He ran part of the family farm for a period of time but there was still something missing. He missed interaction with people, so he took a job with Kibble Equipment in Bird Island and became the parts man. He knew every farmer and their equipment, often seeing them at their “best” when they were needing to get back out in the field for planting or harvest. This job held Lyle’s love in the community and filled his passion to be involved in agriculture. His circle of friends grew yet to a new level.
Outside of work, Lyle had lots of hobbies and interests that kept his circles growing and ever intersecting. He enjoyed being part of the Renville Rangers Shooting Club and being out at the shooting range with people on Sundays during good weather. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing and boating. He will forever be remembered for his love of riding his motorcycle. Summer was his favorite time to jump on his bike and let the wind blow through his hair, sporting a short-sleeved t-shirt, never finding a need for a jacket. He also took part in a pool league and was affectionately known as Bubba. He cherished every friendship.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents (Duane and Oradel Kulberg) and his brother (Dale Kulberg).
He is survived by his brother (Keith Kulberg), sisters (Lorri Kempton and husband Dell; Beth Duyck and husband Pat); nieces and nephews (Brenda Willhite and husband Larry, Anita Pettis and husband Glen, Amy Bakker and husband Tom, Daniel Kulberg, Conner Duyck, Madisen Duyck), and many great nieces and nephews.
Lyle was surrounded by family when Leukemia stole him from us on Sunday, January 29, 2023 just shy of his 61st birthday. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made in Lyle’s memory to the American Cancer Society – Leukemia research or to Hope Lodge to try to help other families fighting this terrible disease.
Bob van der Hagen says
Thanks, Lyle, for always being a fun and very helpful parts man. I will miss seeing you sitting on your stool.
Cindy and Tom Schanil says
Our heartfelt condolences to Lyle’s whole family, wishing you Peace, Comfort and Blessings during this sad and difficult times.
Jon Wittwer says
Oh Lyle! How we will miss you!! The fun we used to have on the 212 Chapter of Ducks Unlimited! I used to tell the vendors that we were the largest chapter in the state of Minnesota, in part because if you added up our body weights of the whole committee, we were the LARGEST! Godspeed my friend! Watch over us all!
Ben Hillesheim says
The Renville Rangers gun club will miss you. You were a good President and valuable member.
You will be missed.
Mark & Lila Kapping says
Thoughts, condolences, prayers & blessings be upon his friends & loved ones. A fierce friend, and a good man, an honor to have known him.
Lisa Osthus says
We are so sorry to hear this news.
Our sympathy and prayers to the whole family. Losing another family member can be so difficult. Especially when they are so loved by family and their communities.
May God wrap his arms to you all for love and support.
Todd and Lisa Osthus
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Eugene A Barry says
I loved Lyles attitude towards living life to the fullest. He was a friend from my wrestling days at HHS. He was a leader and looked out for the younger kids. I will think of him often as I pass though Hector.
Lori (Boyum Hanson) Engebretson says
My heart felt condolences to the entire family of Lyle. He was a great friend throughout school, his grocery days, and even beyond. He always had a smart comment for me and I had one back. Will sure miss his presence. Prayers for everyone who knew him.
Lyle was the kindest person we had the privilege of knowing. We rode with him on numerous occasions and always had a great time. Our hearts hurt with his loss. We will ride again with you Lyle, until then be free of all pain. Scott and Sue