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!