Lyle E. Grosskreutz, 73, Clayton, Wis., died Jan. 1, 2001.

He was born Oct. 21, 1927, at Clayton to Paul and Rose (Weiss) Grosskreutz. He was baptized and confirmed at Silver Creek Lutheran Church, where he remained a life-long member. A 1945 graduate of Clayton High School, he served in the U.S. Navy for one year when his father's poor health forced him to leave the military. He married Shirley Ann Peterson June 11, 1948, at Clayton, where they made their home on the family farm. He was one of the first Barron County farmers to raise an alfalfa crop.

He held many positions and jobs outside the family farm: Executive Director of Barron County ASCS (20 years), motel manager, manager of the Almena Ag Center, seed salesman, truck driver, and, most recently, crop insurance agent. Two of his sons, Scott and Mike, took over the farm in 1972. The farming tradition continues as the farm remains in production today.

He loved baseball, and tried out for the pros in the early 1950's. He enjoyed several outdoor activities including Canadian fishing with his wife, sons, grandsons, and friends. July fourth was celebrated with Lyle roasting a turkey on the grill and supervising all volleyball games from his chair. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was always willing to share his wisdom, especially his knowledge of sports, while they played cards.

He will be remembered as a friend to everyone, particularly those in the agricultural community as he lived a farmer's life and helped everyone who needed it.

Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Scott (Tonja) and Michael (Monica), both of Clayton, and Tom (Brenda) of Clear Lake; daughters, Debra (Dale) Scribner of Clayton and Trudi (David) Pabst of Turtle Lake; a sister, Lorraine (Wally) Knecht of Chippewa Falls; 13 grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul; and an infant son, Lyle Jr.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, from Silver Creek Lutheran Church, Rev. Norman Peterson and Rev. John Wilman officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Silver Creek.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Skinner Funeral Home, Turtle Lake, and a hour prior to services at the church.