Commander Lyle E. Fenska, DDS; beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center. Although Lyle was only 51 years old, he had lived his life to the fullest.
Lyle was born on Nov. 26, 1955, to Edward Earl and Alice G. Fenska in Oklahoma City. He was raised in Bartlesville and graduated from Sooner High School in 1974. He then attended Oklahoma State University and received a bachelors degree in Chemistry. Lyle received a Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1983. Lyle became a Commissioned Corps Officer in 1988 and was assigned to the Northeast Oklahoma Indian Health Service where he achieved the rank of Commander.
Lyle served as a caring dentist until his death.
Lyle married Sally Ann Caldwell in 1978 and they moved to Miami in 1983 to pursue his dental career.
Lyle is the loving father of Ryan Edward, Kristen Elaine and James Evan Fenska.
Ryan and his wife, Kristen Lynn, recently gave Lyle is first grandchild, Kate Elizabeth Fenska, which brought him much joy.
He was uncle to 10 nieces and nephews.
Lyle is also survived by his mother, Alice Fenska of Bartlesville; a brother, Terry Fenska of Marietta, Ga.; and a sister, Teresa Burchfield of Plano, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Leslie Anne, and his father, Edward Earl Fenska.
As a youth, Lyle was active in Boy Scouting and received the rank of Eagle and two silver palms a the age of 13, was senior patrol leader, a member of the Native American dance team and was elected to the Order of the Arrow to which he held the high honor of vigil scout. Lyle continued his love for scouting as an adult and was a scout leader in Miami Troop 50 and cub master and founder of Cub Scout Pack 51. Lyle served as district chairman of the Cherokee Area Council. Lyle's dedication to the scouts recently earned him the God and Country Award. Lyle continued to live by the scout oath and law until his death.
Lyle was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church. He served as a Vacation Bible School leader and enjoyed working with the youth.
Lyle served, along with his children, on four medical mission trips to Bolivia, Jamaica and, most recently, Pittoreal, Mexico, where he provided his dental and ministry services to the people. He was an active supporter of education and was a member of the Miami Education Enrichment Foundation. He was a long time supporter of science research and enjoyed working with students to develop research projects.
Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Miami. The family will receive friends at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home on Sunday (today) from 3 to 5 p.m.
The family suggests donations to the American heart Association and to the Boy Scouts of America in honor of Lyle.