Lyle Kermit WestLyle Kermit West, 89 of Wahpeton, ND, died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge, MN. The funeral is 10:30AM, Thursday, June 20 at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. The visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00PM with a prayer service at 7:00, on Wednesday, June 19 at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home. Pastor David Cripe and Pastor Peter Erickson will be officiating.
Lyle was born on August 28, 1923 to August and Bertha (Menge) West in Fargo, ND. He grew up and attended school in Moorhead and the rural schools in Clay County, MN. He attended the Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in Lincoln, NE, graduating in 1942 upon completion of an aircraft sheet metal course. He was employed at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation Manufacturing Plant in San Diego, CA from April 1942 to June 1943 as a riveter. His sister Florence, his brother Frank, and his sister-in-law Elsie were also employed at the same plant, all four working to build B-24 Liberator Bombers for the war effort. In June 1943, Lyle enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attending basic training at U.S. Naval Training Station, in Farragut, ID. Lyle served aboard the USS Onslow (AVP-48), participating in naval operations in the Pacific Theater; including campaigns in the Marshall Islands, Marianas, and the Western Caroline Islands. In 1945, he transferred to Boat Pool 15-1, stationed at U.S. Naval Base in Manila, Philippine Islands. Lyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in March of 1946 with the rank of Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class.