Lyle Richner Obituary (1949 – 2022) – Lynden, WA

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Lyle Leo Richner
December 23, 1949 – March 13, 2022
Lynden, Wash. – Our beloved brother, Lyle Leo Richner, came to Jesus on Sunday, March 13, 2022. He was born December 23, 1949, to Herbert “Bert” Donovan and Thelma Gertrude (Tobias) Richner in Bellingham, he passed his first 13 years on the Deming family farm. Lyle moved to Rainier School, Buckley, Washington in 1963 and resided there until 2018. He then moved to Lynden, Washington under the care of Cascade Connections’ Supported Living program. During his final weeks, he received compassionate care from staff at Hospice House. Lyle attended Deming Elementary School where he learned to read and write under Joyce Braithwaite. Our family is also grateful for those early years of education and spiritual influence. Having spent his early years on a farm, his love of animals and farm machinery continued throughout his life. He especially loved being on his brothers’ farms. One of the highlights of his home visits was accompanying his brother Toby to Ed Pomeroy’s farm. During his home visits, he was able to spend time with all of his local brothers and sisters.
Her vacation home and visits included all vacations as well as other family gatherings. One particular activity was accompanying family members to Brother Larry’s ranch in Twisp during hunting season. Each year, while Toby served as cook, Lyle relished his role as “Chef Lyle”, complete with chef’s jacket and hat, as he baked and served chocolate chip cookies. His 60th birthday celebration was held at a conference center and almost all of his family members attended. A video of his life highlights was shown which included flying an ultralight, hiking and fishing at Bell Creek Springs, Special Olympics, driving a tractor, making cider and fishing. family camping at Little Naches. At Rainier School, he held a variety of jobs, on and off-site: selling at farmers’ markets for cabinetry products where he worked with wood, recycling at a college, and staffing at a thrift store. Some of the money earned funded his trips to the canteen for coffee and donuts. He was quite happy when he could proudly say “I’m retired”. Lyle loved his family and knew how much he was loved. He often named all his family members, from siblings and spouses to nieces, nephews and was proud to be an uncle and great-uncle. He was predeceased by his parents Bert and Thelma; brothers Johnny, Dan and Larry; sister-in-law Mary Richner; nieces Tracy Richner and Sally Chapman; nephews Roger Richner and Jeffery Thornton. He is survived by his brothers Toby (Sue), Dave (Maxine), sisters Sally (Gary) Culbert and Becky Unger; his sisters-in-law Marilyn Richner and Lorraine Richner as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Greenacres Cemetery in Ferndale, followed by a celebration of his life at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229 at 3:30 p.m., with the pastor Eric Finsand as officiant. The wearing of the mask will be obligatory at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Friends of Rainier, PO Box 516, Medina, WA 98039; Cascade Connections, PO Box 3174, Ferndale, WA 98248; or Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 3001 Squalicum Pkwy, Suite 11, Bellingham, WA 98225. Please visit Sig Funeral and Cremation Services to share your memories of Leo: www.sigsfuneralservices.com.

Published by Bellingham Herald on March 20, 2022.

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