Lyle Hillstead

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A memorial service celebrating Lyle’s life will be held Saturday morning, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. Martin Mock will officiate.


Friends may call one hour before service time at the Church on Saturday August 5th.


Cremation has taken place.

Lyle Hillstead
June 2, 1930 - July 30, 2017

Place of Birth : Williston, North Dakota
Residence : Williston, North Dakota
Age : 87

Lyle Hillstead, 87, of Williston, passed away at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck on Sunday morning, July 30, 2017.

Lyle Hillstead was born June 2, 1930 in Williston, North Dakota to Silas and Otelia Hillstead. Growing up, he worked on the family farm with his brothers, Wayne and Dale, and sisters, Margie and Opal. He joined the Navy in 1948 and served in the North Atlantic, England, Greenland, North Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Panama which he said was his favorite duty. He also received his GED while in the Navy and was honorably discharged in June 1953.

Lyle met Joan (she liked to be called “JoAnne”) Ludwig-Ware in 1954 and they were married in September of 1955 in Great Falls, Montana. Joan’s daughter, Kathy became an immediate part of their family at age 4. Their son, Jim was born the following August in Great Falls, Montana. In September 1958, Lyle and Joan packed up their car with Kathy and Jim and headed to California where they made their home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their second daughter, Linda was born in February 1959 in San Jose, California.

Lyle worked in the moving industry as a driver, Operations Manager, and contractor for Bekins Moving & Storage and north American Van Lines for 35 years. He also owned and managed a Package & Mail store from 1984 to 1994.
His wife Joan passed away in April of 1991 at the young age of 58 from cancer. Lyle retired in 1994 and moved to Polson, Montana.

Lyle married his second wife, Irene Sundby, in Medford, Oregon in April 1994 and moved back to Williston and continued to enjoy his retirement, hobbies, and family.
Lyle enjoyed playing his guitar at family functions and in several bands, spending time with his family, woodworking, traveling, taking drives out in the country, having coffee with his friends, working in the fields running a combine after retirement in the Williston area, and taking his yearly “snowbird” trips to Arizona visiting with his Canadian buddies.

Lyle is survived by his wife Irene Hillstead (Olson-Sundby), sister, Opal Mehus (Al) of Missoula, Montana, Sister-in-law, Wilma Hillstead (Dale); daughter, Kathy Magnone, of Ranson, West Virginia, son, Jim Hillstead (Patty) of Tracy, California, and daughter, Linda Cottle (Mel) of San Jose, California; three step daughters; Linda Modahl (Craig) of Sisters, Oregon, and Goodyear, Arizona, Brenda Modahl of Beaverton, Oregon, and Beth Busch of Portland, Oregon; ten grandchildren, J.J. Magnone (Chris), Mindy Magnone, Erika Hillstead, Matthew Hillstead (Carley), Kyle Hillstead (Stacy), Amber Cottle, Katie Pena (Ricardo), Jason Modahl (Katie), Holly Van Nood (Nick), and Kurt Modahl; seven great grandchildren, Gino Moody, Cali Magnone, Presley Hillstead, Lucas Hillstead, Silas Hillstead, Marlee Hillstead, and Hendrik Van Nood; great grandchild #8 due in September, also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lyle was preceded in death by an older brother, Elman Owen Hillstead, his first wife Joan (Ludwig-Ware) Hillstead, his parents, Silas and Otelia (Lee) Hillstead, sister, Margie Semmens (Ray), brothers, Wayne Hillstead (Betty) and Dale Hillstead (Wilma), and nephew Danny Hillstead.

Lyle was very proud of the fact that he had visited every state in the United States, except Hawaii. His Family is going to help him make his 50th State... Lyle will be laid to rest in Hawaii.