Lyle Edward Pfeifer, 84, Cooperstown, ND passed away on July 5, 2019 at Villa Maria Nursing Home, Fargo, ND.
Lyle was born to Joseph and Eleanor (Reid) Pfeifer on September 2, 1934 near Revere, ND. He attended country school and then graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Army and upon completion of bootcamp, was stationed in Japan. After his military service was completed, he moved back to Cooperstown where he farmed and raised livestock. On January 26, 1963, he married Jeannette Pederson of Hannaford, ND. They raised four children: Susan, Bryan, Kathy, and Keith.
Lyle served the community as a Griggs County Commissioner for 32 years, the longest length of service held previously by any commissioner. As a county commissioner, he was the Griggs County Social Service Board Chairman for 21 years. He served on the Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit Board of Directors. As a member of St. George’s Catholic Church, he was on the Parish Council, Cemetery Board, and the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight. He was a life member of the American Legion, Knights of Pythias, and was Griggs County Veteran Service Officer.
Lyle also worked at Lemnha’s Service, Orris’ 66 Service, Central Plains, and owned Pfeifer Trucking.
He loved his family and treasured his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed going to their events, taking them fishing, teaching them to drive, teaching them pinochle, and so much more.
Pinochle was his favorite pastime. He enjoyed going for coffee with the guys and shaking dice. You could hear his distinct laugh anywhere in a crowded room.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frank, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-laws, and brothers-in-law.
He was survived by his wife, Jeannette, four children: Susan (Greg) McCullough, Bryan (Deb) Pfeifer, Kathy (Steve Parish) Kelso, and Keith Pfeifer, eight grandchildren: Kirsten McCullough, Paige McCullough, Rusty Bender, Sharra (Nick) Lang, Damian Pfeifer, Clint (Alyssa) Kelso, Shelbie Kelso (fiancé Jacob PerDue), and Justice Pfeifer, four great-granchildren: Jailee PerDue, Easton PerDue, Khloe Lang, and Rogan Lang, one brother: Russel (Mary) Pfeifer.
Lyle’s family thanks the Griggs County Medical Center, ambulance and first responders’ team, Hospice of the Red River Valley and staff, and Villa Maria and staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Knights of Columbus, the Hospice of the Red River Valley, or Veterans Services would be greatly appreciated.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 9:00 till 10:00 followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am in the St. George Catholic Church, Cooperstown, ND.