Age 85, passed away February 15, 2017. He was born September 24, 1931, in St. Johns, to Earl and Iva (Irish) Stephens. Lyle graduated from Imlay City High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean conflict. He began his career working for the Michigan State Police, in the Department of Transportation, leaving there as a Lieutenant. Lyle owned Special Transportation (currently Dean Transportation), and was an innovator of devices for the benefit of handicap transportation. Most recently, he was involved in energy development, working on exploration and production of crude oil in Michigan. Lyle was a strong supporter of people with disabilities and Michigan Special Olympics.
Surviving are: his brother, Kenneth Stephens; special friend and companion, Pamela Bawcum; sister-in-law, Jeannet Stephens; cousins, Carol Rountree, Bob Stephens, Dick Stephens, Althea Smith, Dale Irish, Ruth Turner; the Dean family, and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Clare Stephens.
At Lyle’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Special Olympics, Ele’s Place, or Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center.