Lyle William Ives

May 20, 1927 - August 2, 2022

Lyle William Ives

On August 2, 2022 Lyle William Ives, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 95. Lyle was born on May 20, 1927 in Houston, Minnesota to Evelyn Ives and Herbert Tudahl.  His grandparents Arthur and Rose Ives raised him along with many cousins during the worst years of the Great Depression. At age 16 he enlisted in the merchant marines and boarded a ship to the North Sea to deliver war material to the Russians fighting the Germans. After returning back to Winona, Minnesota, he enlisted in the Army, and as luck had it, was sent to Germany at the close of WWII. He eventually reached the rank of Staff Sergeant, and also worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency during the immediate years following the war.

In Berlin, he met the girl he dreamed of as a teenager, Margrit Anni Neumann. He had the confidence and courage to ask her for a date, and contrary to his army buddies who said he would never get a date with this beautiful German girl, the rest is 73 years of history.  After a long courtship they married in 1952 and Lyle brought his new bride back to the United States and drove to Minnesota in his new Porsche he had sent from Germany. They lived in Minnesota for two years where their first son Ronald was born, and then moved to Southern California where their second son Michael was born and where they raised both sons. Lyle worked in the automotive industry for many years in Southern California, working in the service departments for both Volkswagen and Porsche/Audi. His service advising skills were legendary.

Lyle was a skilled handyman, and along with Margrit, they refurbished many homes to supplement their income. Lyle had an affinity for outdoor activities and enjoyed fishing, hiking and traveling. He was also enamored with the Porsche sportscar and owned a number of them.

Lyle had an abundance of love for his family and friends and was always looking out for those around him. He was a talented artist and shared his paintings and woodworking projects with his family. His grandsons affectionately knew him as “Opa” and enjoyed many adventures with him.  He took them fishing, horseback riding, hiking and taught them how to drive a car.

Lyle’s spirit is carried on by his loving wife Margrit of 70 years, his son Ron and wife Kathy, and son Michael and wife Tess. He is lovingly remembered by his grandsons, Tyler Ives (wife Erin) and great grand-daughter, Elaina Rose Ives, Chris Ives (fiancé Heather), Johnathon Thompson (fiancé Jacopo) and Jason Thompson.

Funeral services with military honors will be held:

Monday, September 26th at 11:00am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Center, 7101 Verner Ave., Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Phone (916) 726-1232.

In lieu of Flowers donations may be made in the name of Lyle Ives to the following:

American Lung Association


Placer SPCA

200 Tahoe Ave.

Roseville, Ca. 95678


Monday, September 26, 2022
Gathering at 10:00 AM; Funeral Service at 11:00 AM with Military Honors

Calvary Cemetery and Funeral Center
7101 Verner Ave.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621