Lyle Phelps 1939–2020 Mankato—Lyle Phelps, age 81, died Friday, November 13, 2020, in Mankato, MN. A memorial service celebrating his life will be scheduled at a later date. Mankato Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements. Lyle was born February 20, 1939, to Stafford and Marion (Johnson) Phelps in rural Lemond Township, MN. He graduated from Waseca's Southern School of Agriculture in 1957 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. Early in his career, Lyle taught high school vocational agriculture and FFA in Montgomery and Farmington. He met his wife, Ilene, while teaching in Montgomery, and they were united in marriage on June 15, 1963. Lyle also taught Agribusiness and Farm Business Management at Mankato Technical College for 25 years. Upon retirement, he became a private farm consultant, serving farmers across southern Minnesota until 2016. Lyle is survived by his daughter, Christine (Mark Martinez) of St. Paul, MN; son, David (Phil Mueller) of Milwaukee, WI; brother, Dale (Ruth Sanford) of Bloomington, MN; and sister, Lois Jaime of Winslow, AZ. Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Ilene; son, Lynden; parents; sister, Genelle; and brother, Burton. Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church (Lake Crystal) Scholarship Fund, the Le Sueur River Lutheran Church (New Richland) Cemetery Board, or the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church (Ellendale) Cemetery Fund.
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