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Lyle D. Pelham - 90

9/17/1927 - 12/11/2017

Clinton, Iowa

Lyle D. Pelham, age 90 of Clinton, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Alverno Health Care Facility. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Community Congregational Church or Genesis Hospice. Lyle was born in Clinton on September 18, 1927, the son of Earl and Adeline (Dallum) Pelham. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1945. He served with the U.S. Army during W.W. II. He was stationed in Tokyo during the occupation of Japan. Lyle married Clara Temple on April 20, 1949 in Garden Plain, IL. Clara passed away on March 31, 2011. He was an electrician at E.I. DuPont for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He sold Electrolux sweepers for 20 years and assisted at Pelham Brother’s for several years. Lyle was a member of Community Congregational Church, UCC where he sang in the choir for over 60 years and was actively involved on church boards. Lyle enjoyed family activities and playing pool. He had a love of music and was known for his humor. Lyle is survived by three children; Steve (JoLynn) Pelham of Clinton, Dan (Joanne) Pelham of Waubun, MN, and Deb (Robert) Goodell of Holmen, WI; eight grandchildren, Mike, Matt, Elizabeth, Melissa, Dave, Angela, Lena and Aaron; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two great grandchildren, Jonathan and Lauren; a brother, Clarence and two sisters, Violet and Leola. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Alverno for their care of Lyle. Online condolences may be left at


Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery.


  • Sheila & Don Franzen

    on 12/12/17

    Steve and family, Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Father. Sheila & Don.
  • Allen Bailey

    on 12/12/17

    sorry for your loss. he was a great guy.
  • Amanda Overkamp

    on 12/13/17

    Lyle will be dearly missed by all at the Alverno. He had such a wonderful, fun personality. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time. I will miss hearing his singing and whistling through the halls.
  • Sue Heppner Schropp

    on 12/13/17

    Dan, I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family. I have so many fond memories of your Dad when we lived next door to him. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Sue Heppner Schropp
  • Bill Dawson

    on 12/13/17

    Dear Deb, With friendship and support in the loss of your father. May wonderful memories of your father be with you now and in the future. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Deb. Sincerely, Bill Dawson, Class of 74
  • LOIS Seger

    on 12/13/17

    Dear Pelhams: Bob Seger, who has been gone almost 2 years would want me to let you know we deeply respected Lyle and considered him a great friend.
  • Matt Frett

    on 12/14/17

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pelham family.
  • Sally Ward

    on 12/15/17

    So sad to here of your loss, when I think of Uncle Lyle I here his contagious laugh and see the twinkle in his eyes. And remember all the great laughs we had at the Temple family Christmas gatherings. He will be greatly missed by many. Love and prayers. Sally

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