2/24/2014 Ft. Logan Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., (Staging Area C).
Lyle Jerome Koller
October 17, 1930 :: River Falls, Wisconsin
February 15, 2014 :: Denver, Colorado
Lyle was born October 17, 1930 in River Falls, Wisconsin to Mabel Handy Koller and Charles Alfred Koller. He grew up on a farm and moved to Long Beach, California in 1940. He was a backstroke swimmer at Pacific Coast Club and was junior lifeguard in the summers.
In October of 1950, Lyle joined the U.S. Air Force in California. After basic training he was stationed in Denver, Colorado at Lowry Air Force Base and trained as a fireman.
In 1952, while working part-time at Joslins department store, Lyle met his future wife, Helen Ruth Fischer. She also worked at Joslins in the summer months in between taking courses at Colorado Women’s College. They were married on Valentine’s Day of 1953. Shortly thereafter, they were stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Their first son, Barry, was born there in 1954.
They were transferred back to Denver where son Herbert was born in 1955 and daughter Kathryn in 1956, both at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. The family was sent back to Alaska, this time at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. The family started its many years of downhill skiing while in Anchorage. Lyle and Helen were also avid bridge players and worked on earning Master’s points.
Lyle’s next assignment took them to Greenville, Mississippi. Lyle was an instructor for the firefighting school. Lyle was transferred to numerous Air Force bases in the
following years, moving the family with him except for the time he was stationed in
Thule, Greenland for a year and the family came back to Denver to live. Other stops include Reno, Nevada, Edwards Air Force Base in California, and Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. This is where son Barry became a lifelong Chicago Bears fan. Lyle retired from the Air Force in 1970 and the family returned to Denver.
For his civilian job with the Insurance Service Organization, Lyle inspected local water systems and fire departments in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and New Mexico. He also reviewed flood management and control for FEMA. He retired from this job in 1997.
Lyle and Helen loved to go square dancing and would even take their three children with them. Allemande left, swing your partner, and promenade.
On July 4, 1982 Lyle and Helen bought a cabin in Crystal Lakes, northwest of Ft. Collins. They have one of the best properties up there, as the cabin sits on the north fork of the Poudre River. There is a meadow between the cabin and the river, woods behind them, and a nearby bridge to cross the river. In the winter the family would go ice skating on the river, and also go river bowling, using homemade pins and milk jugs filled with water that would then freeze for the bowling balls.
Many improvements were made to the cabin by both Lyle and Helen. Extending their bedroom to create a little seating area where they could see down to the river and also watch the birds and critters as they ate while Lyle and Helen enjoyed their morning coffee was perhaps their favorite improvement.
Lyle and Helen made many friends in the area and gave to their community by serving on various boards. Lyle was a volunteer fireman at Crystal Lakes for several years. Lyle loved woodworking and built a garage not only for his cars but also for his workshop.
In recent years, Lyle and Helen have been year round residents of Crystal Lakes. Their cabin home is always open to family and friends.
Lyle is survived by his wife Helen, children Barry (Valerie), Herb, and Kathy Arnold, grandchildren Keith, Don, Benjamin, Lisa (Brad), and Danielle (Brandon), great grandson Donovan, his brother Donald C. (Chuck) Koller and his sister-in-law Janice. Lyle was preceded in death by his great grandson Jack, son-in-law Jeff Arnold, brother Robert (Bob) and sister-in-law Claire.