Lyle Schuchard of Bismarck ND passed away on September 6, 2022 at the age of 84.
In 2004 Lyle, an Army Veteran, was appointment by Governor John Hoeven to served on the Administrative Committee On Veteran’s Affairs (ACOVA). Governor Hoeven later appointed Lyle as Chairman of the ACOVA for which he served from 2009-2011.
A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at House of Prayer, Bismarck, ND. Burial followed at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 PM. A livestream of the service was available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page. Committal at ND Veterans Cemetery livestream.
Visitation was held Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 5:00-6:30 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. Following the prayer service, the Amvets is hosted a social at 7:30 at the Bismarck Amvets Club, the public was welcome.
Lyle C. Schuchard was born May 14, 1938, to Leonard and Emelia (Wolf) Schuchard in Napoleon, North Dakota. Lyle graduated from Napoleon High School in 1956. He was active and participated in basketball and baseball. He enjoyed the “Nightlife of Napoleon” and hanging out with friends. Following graduation, Lyle volunteered for the draft and joined the Army. The military was something he was very passionate about and remained an important part of his life.
On February 6, 1960, Lyle and Charlene married. They lived in Napoleon, Mott, and Linton prior to settling in Bismarck. They built a beautiful life together and enjoyed raising their three children Barry, Ricky, and Tracy. They have 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They especially enjoyed family time at their cabin on Lake Isabel and celebrating holidays together. Lyle and Charlene were the best of friends and enjoyed time traveling, snowmobiling, camping, and clubbing. In most recent years, they could be found on Sunday evenings at the Ground Round enjoying a drink and time together. Their 62-year marriage is a story of love, commitment, and friendship.
Lyle enjoyed a long and successful career with the North Dakota Highway Department. He retired as a Business Operations Manager. One of his proudest projects was developing a mentorship program for young engineers. Mentoring was something which came naturally to Lyle as he always put others before himself. He was an inspiration to those around him, challenging them to be the best versions of themselves. Lyle was recognized by many for his work ethic, devotion to his career, and outstanding leadership.
Lyle’s commitment to the military is what drew him to his involvement with the Bismarck Amvets Club. Throughout his volunteer service, he served as the Local Commander, the State Commander, and Captain of the Honor Guard. In 2017, he was recognized as “Amvet of the Year” volunteering 2,296 hours within that year. He devoted many hours, weekends, and holidays not only to the Amvets but also to other service agencies and the community at large. He was often present with the Amvet’s Honor Guard posting colors at sporting events, military funerals, parades, and welcoming veterans back home. At the call of the Governor’s office, he would lower the Memorial Bridge flags to half-mast indicating a state of mourning. He loved his country and took pride in all he did to honor the American flag and those who fought and died defending its freedom.
Lyle lived an active life participating in softball, golfing, hunting, car shows, and working on endless projects. He shared a love of vintage cars with his son Barry. He frequently drove through car lots looking for his next purchase. His first car was a 1939 Hearse. It only went up from there!
Lyle will be missed by many as he was larger than life and an anchor to his family and the community.
Lyle is survived by his wife Charlene, son Ricky (Gale) Schuchard (Samantha, Matthew, Zach), daughter Tracy (Dave) Famias (Ashley, Travis, Tyler), Daughter-In-Law Sue Schuchard (Adam, Jennifer, Brittney, Rylee) and 14 great-grandchildren.
Lyle is preceded in death by his son Barry Schuchard, parents Leonard & Millie Schuchard, and In-Laws Art and Emma Werre. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials and donations be made to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or the Bismarck Amvets Club.