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Dr. Kenneth C. Lyle

Dr. Kenneth C.  Lyle Kenneth Clarke Lyle, age 76, of Manhattan, died Thursday October 26, 2017 at the Autumn Hills Memory Care Home in Manhattan.

Ken was born March 2, 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the only child of Kenneth Adelbert Lyle and Ella Evans Doremus Lyle. He married Johanna “Jo” DeGroot on June 5, 1965.

Surviving family members are: Jo (DeGroot) Lyle of Manhattan; a daughter, June Marie Lyle and her husband William Simmons, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and a son, David Kenneth Lyle and his wife Rebecca Lynn Lyle, of Laporte, Colorado. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Quinn and Eliot Simmons, and Taylor, Carter, Siler, Bridger, Kamber, and Adler Lyle.

Ken grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School in 1959. He attended Coffeyville Community College and then the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1963. After graduation he served two years in the United States Navy. Then he went to the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School and graduated in 1969. After graduation he practiced dentistry in Independence, Missouri prior to coming to Manhattan Kansas where he practiced for 40 years. A special interest was orthodontics and for many years he was the proctor of an orthodontic study club which he started and helped general dentist to learn about orthodontics. He was known for his care and concern for others and his subtle and sometimes not so subtle sense of humor.

Ken was active in a number of dental organizations including the American Dental Association, the Kansas Society of General Practitioners, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Association of Orthodontics (where he achieved Diplomate status and was a certified senior instructor).

For many years he was active in the Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club where he served as President of that club and Lieutenant Governor of the Kansas District. As a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church he enjoyed serving as an elder.

Other activities included running, traveling, fishing, bird hunting, playing the guitar and singing. His singing led to membership in the Little Apple Barbershop Chorus and participation in a barbershop quartet.

He is remembered by his family as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Memorial services for Dr. Lyle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday October 30, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth in Manhattan, with the Rev. R.C. McConnell officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community – Lyle House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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