Lyle Wayne Krabill

Lyle Wayne Krabill

November 8, 1946 – June 2, 2024

Lyle Wayne Krabill peacefully passed away in his home on Sunday morning, June 2, 2024. His wife and three adult children surrounded him as he drew his final earthly breath. A lifelong resident of Oregon, he was born November 8, 1946, in Albany to Kenneth K Krabill and Clara B Krabill. He was the oldest of three siblings and the only son.

A very hard worker throughout his life, he dutifully helped out his family on the farm as a child attending Grand Prairie School until graduating from Albany Union High School in 1964. After long days of work and school, he would spend evenings listening to radio broadcasts of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game, taking particular pleasure in the games pitched by Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. After high school graduation and in response to being drafted into Selective Service, Lyle performed civilian work as an orderly in St. Luke’s hospital in Denver, Colorado, for two years before returning to Oregon in 1966.

Following his draft service, Lyle returned to Oregon where he married his sweetheart, Carolyn Jean Gerig, in 1970. Following their September 10 wedding, the new couple immediately relocated to Klamath Falls where Lyle attended the Oregon Technical Institute and completed two associate’s degrees in mechanical engineering and metallurgy.

In 1972, Lyle and Carolyn moved from Klamath Falls to Portland for work where Lyle inspected the Fremont Bridge and then worked for MEI Charleton. While living in Portland, Lyle single-handedly built an addition to their home to make room for their growing family.

Although trained as an engineer, Lyle’s heart was always set on farming. In 1986, they purchased his great uncle’s farm on Kennel Road in Albany and returned to his hometown in 1987. He loved to grow things, and was best known for acres of tomatoes and corn. When grandchildren came along, he thrived in teaching them what he had learned. He could fix anything and kept everything–the latter to the dismay of his family.

Camping and fishing were hobbies he enjoyed. Over his younger years, he would make sure that the family got in annual camping trips. His favorite location was Coldwater Cove at Clear Lake, but he also enjoyed fishing at Diamond and Odell Lakes. In his later years he and Carolyn would go spend time at the Waterloo campground east of Lebanon. He also really liked fast cars and was known for his red Karmann Ghia, then his white 1967 Mercury Cougar. When one of his grandsons inherited that same love, he made sure that he got to ride in them and was full of smiles. While Parkinson’s took a lot of his ability to communicate, and he wasn’t able to speak very clearly most of the time, on his last car ride home from his youngest grandson’s kindergarten graduation, Carolyn took a corner at the speed limit causing him to exclaim, “Mario Andretti!” as they went around the corner.

He was known for his sense of humor even to the end. He always enjoyed a good Dad Joke and was never without a pun for virtually any situation. Whenever he was faced with someone (especially a child) telling him something that made absolutely no sense, he would come back with a phrase he made up, “Must be an ice cream cone, ‘cuz motorcycles don’t have doors,” and shake his head with a smile.

Lyle was a lifelong member of Fairview Mennonite Church. He was laid to rest in the church’s cemetery on June 11. A memorial service for Lyle will take place on Wednesday, June 26, at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Mennonite Church located at 35100 Goltra Road SE. All are welcome to attend.

Lyle is survived by his wife Carolyn; his children Kristin (Tom) Smith, Andrea (Mark) Ylen, and Ryan (Elizabeth); seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his sisters Judy Burkholder and Nancy Aerni.

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