Lyle John Schiefelbein of Topeka, Kansas, died on October 8, 2022, at the age of 78. Born on July 30, 1944, in Topeka, he was the first child of Mary and Sylvester Schiefelbein. He married Sharon Buswell in 1967, and they had four children: Lyle John, Jr. (Jo Ann Zarazua), who died in 2016; Matthew (Ramona); Kristin Webb, and Sara Azizi (Ramsen).
Lyle’s Catholic faith shaped his life. He attended Sacred Heart School and participated in Sacred Heart Church as a lifelong member, serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a 1962 graduate of Hayden High School, where Father Edward Hays, who became a world-renowned spiritual writer, taught his religion classes and became a mentor for him throughout his life.
He served in the Marine Reserves from 1962 until 1968, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, a member of the American Legion Post 400, and a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s organization dedicated to service.
Lyle started his career as a floor installer for Gardner Floor Covering. He worked for over 40 years in the floor covering business until he retired in 1997. Generous in sharing his time and skills, Lyle coached his sons in baseball at the Suburban League, Post 400, and was one of the first coaches of Hayden High School baseball. He also coached his daughter in basketball at Sacred Heart grade school.
He was also a generous gift giver, especially to family members in need. He worked hard on his lawn care projects and maintaining his home and property. He enjoyed hunting and became an expert bowler on several leagues. His family and friends will remember him for his authenticity, playfulness, loyalty, dedication, industry, and being first in the food line at family gatherings.
Lyle is survived by his wife Sharon; his children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Richard (Ann), Linda Burghart (Steve), Michael (Steve Klinkerman), Mark (Heidi), and Craig (Carolyn); his uncles Walter Cobler (Nancy), Robert Cobler (Donna), and Fred Rogers (Norma); his aunt Norma Cobler; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all who will greatly miss him.
He will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 2-8:00 P.M., with family present from 5-8:00 P.M. A rosary will be held at 6:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., on Saturday, October 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Topeka.
Memorial contributions can be made in Lyle's memorial to Sacred Heart/St. Joseph Parish, or you are encouraged to plant a tree in Lyle's memory for his love for the outdoors.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the Phoenix Hospice staff for their kindness shown towards Lyle, as well as helping Sharon and the family during his illness.
To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.