LYLE E. McCALLUM

ROCK INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM

Lyle McCallum, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the GracePointe Crossing West Gables in Cambridge.  He was 82 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, April 5th with a PRAYER SERVICE at 7 pm and again 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday; all at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to Birthline Inc. of St. Cloud.

Lyle Edward McCallum of Braham, entered eternal life at 8:45 Sunday night, April 2, 2017 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge. He was 82 years old.

Lyle was born in St. Mary’s Hospital, Minneapolis on July 10, 1934. His parents Dougald and Rosella (Cunningham) McCallum owned and operated a farm on County Road “D” New Brighton, MN. Lyle joined the Army and became a heavy equipment engineer building an airstrip on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. He came home from the Army on February 14th to his sweetheart, Anna May Schmitz. They were married six months later at St. Mary’s of the Purification on August 18, 1956. Lyle owned and Operated several businesses; the main ones being Town & Country Transfer, and later, Sharp Delivery. He was a traveller, and excellent driver, an honest, and generous boss to 3 or 4 truckers at a time. The family grew to twelve healthy children: Kathleen (Randy), David (Joy), Larry (Barb), Marilyn (Jeff), Reverend Dougald John, Paul (Joan), Richard, Rose (Bob), Ed (Sandy), John (Jenny), Sheila, and Joseph Matthew. Lyle and Anna May enjoyed Arizona vacations with their children. He also went to Ghana, Africa on business and enjoyed telling his adventures and people loved to listen. One trip has been especially memorable visiting his daughter, Sheila, on the East Coast and seeing the Twin Towers with his three oldest granddaughters just before Sept. 11th. Lyle also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He eventually brought his family to Lewis Lake east of Braham and together they helped their dad build a large comfortable house from the 20’ x 20’ cabin there. Lyle and Anna May soon became part of the Mora, MN parish of St. Mary’s and actively encouraged Eucharistic Adoration there. They were also 3rd Order Carmelites at St. Patrick’s in Hinckley. His religious name was Brother Joseph of the Eucharist. They joined the newly built, local church, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham, shortly after it was completed, and for many years were able to frequent daily mass with their children. During this time he attended Marian Conferences in several states plus Alaska, which he loved. Anna May’s religious artwork sold well there with his expertise.

Before his affliction with Alzheimer’s, Lyle spent many pleasant hours with Anna May picking blackberries or fetching wild grapes near their home, oftentimes relying on a rickety stepladder and accompanied by their dog, Rusty. For Ann May, it was a bit of heaven, (the neighbor lady and her dog thought so too!). Then they’d relax on their lake deck and watch the kids and grandkids swim or boat. Lyle eagerly looked forward to the big, annual family get-togethers and potlucks each summer. He gave us memories and more, so much more.

Thank you Dad —we know you see and love us!

6 guestbook entries for LYLE E. McCALLUM

  1. Mary Kay and Terry Bodeen April 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you…On Thursday we will go to mass her in Alaska for RIP Lyle.
    Blessings and hugs to his family. He was a blessing to you and all of you are his blessings to us!

  2. Anaconda Catholic Community April 5, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Fr. Dougald, Anna May, and Family,
    May God bless you and fill you with His grace and love at this time of loss and also of celebration of your dad and husband’s earthly life. You are in our prayers. Special blessings for our Fr. Dougald….we are with you in prayer.
    With love,
    The Anaconda Catholic Community Family “A Holy Catholic Family”

  3. Kay & Bob Rodrigue April 5, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Peace to the family, letting go of Lyle. What a beacon of family life for our parish. Your whole family symbolized what faith means in our lives.
    He is at peace.
    Will remember Lyle is prayers and will offer a mass at StS PETER & Paul’s.
    GOD’S Blessings
    Kay & Bob Rodrigue

  4. John and Mary Susan Scmitz Scanlon April 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm #

    Peace and love to all of Lyle’s family. He has found comfort enfolded in the arms of Jesus and Mary
    and he will not forget you, rather he will be constantly vigilant of your needs as he always was here
    on earth.

    There is a sacredness in tears.
    They are not a mark of weakness, but of power.
    They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
    They are messengers of overwhelming grief…
    ……… and unspeakable love.
    –Washington Irving

  5. Matt & Charlene Scheffler April 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    Anna May and Family,
    So sad to hear of Lyle’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Glad you have wonderful memories.
    God Bless you all,
    Matt and Charlene Scheffler

  6. Janet Ahlstrom Risinger April 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    I’m sorry to hear about Mr. McCallum’s passing. He was a great neighbor at Lewis Lake.

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