Lyle Wayne Lockwood

May 22, 1940July 11, 2021

Lockwood, Lyle Wayne, MAJ (USAF)

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, Lyle Lockwood passed away peacefully at the age of 80, in the loving care of his wife Jean of 60 years. Known to many as “Papa,” Lyle always met his career and work challenges with great diligence, but as a camper, antique toy collector, tracker and hunter of morel mushrooms, and Purdue sports fan, he always worked just as hard at play. Above all, though, he loved God and each one of the members of his large family.

Close family will attend an interment ceremony on Friday, July 30th at the Dayton National Cemetery. A Visitation and Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., at Aley United Methodist Church in Beavercreek, OH. Memorial donations may be offered in Lyle’s memory to the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton (5100 Springfield St, Dayton, OH 45431) or Greene County Council on Aging (1195 W 2nd St, Xenia, OH 45385).

Raised by his now deceased parents, Lois and Dayton Lockwood, in Steuben County, IN, Lyle graduated from Ashley School in 1958. He married the love of his life, Jean, in 1960, and the two of them attended Purdue University, where Lyle participated in ROTC, earning a degree in Forestry in 1963. At Purdue, Lyle emerged as a leader of the ROTC Drill Team, and throughout his life, he participated in Drill Team reunions and performances, and even co-authored a book with Bill Holder chronicling the team’s achievements and memories, Purdue’s Finest.

Upon college graduation, Lyle earned a commission in the Air Force, later earning an M.S. at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Lyle was proud of his 21 years of service as an officer in the United States Air Force. He was awarded numerous citations during his military career, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Organizational Excellence Award, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Award. His work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base centered on managing the production process of two significant aircraft, the F-15 and the F-16. The brass anxiously awaited the first F-15 flight, and an Air Force General asked, “Lyle, when are we going to get this plane off of the flight line!?” In reply Lyle brazenly quipped, “When my team says it’s ready!”

Upon his 1984 retirement from the Air Force, he joined Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) and began a long relationship with the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton. With the support of ASC, Lyle helped to establish TechFest, an annual event that brings thousands of school children together for a weekend extravaganza of free hands-on STEM activities.

During the decades of his career with UTC, he and Jean continued to live in Beavercreek, OH, (where they moved in 1971), raising their three children and helping them all graduate with university degrees. Life for Lyle during these times allowed him to continue to combine his professional, spiritual, and leisure interests in creative ways. Their lives in Beavercreek were highlighted by 50 years of service to their church, Aley United Methodist Church, where Lyle served on nearly every committee, including the board. When his son Ross joined Cub Scouts, he became an active supporter and served the Boy Scouts through both his sons’ scouting careers, eventually leading an Explorers Post at UTC.

Beginning in the 1980s, Lyle became an important member of the Project Management Institute, from serving on several committees to organizing and attending numerous PMI international conferences. Lyle also joined the Engineers Club of Dayton at about the same time, where he was delighted to find a welcoming community of professionals who shared his own passion for learning. He was a regular at their weekly “Barn Gang” lunches, the last one of which he attended just a week before his passing.

A favorite activity of Lyle’s -- one that encapsulated his professional skills, organizational acumen, and love of family -- was photography and film. Frequently, he would snap photos at family weddings and reunions, only to sneak out and surprise loved ones with prints to hand out before these gatherings had ended. His numerous hours spent sorting through and sharing these images were his way of keeping his family connected and of encouraging the sharing of memories through the telling of stories. Indeed, Lyle enjoyed very few things more than exchanging stories with those he so dearly loved.

Lyle is forever remembered by his wife Jean (nee Willibey), children Ross (Shona Aitken), Cheryl Springwood (Chuck), and Craig (Kristin), four grandchildren (Jay, Josh, Olivia, and Urielle); sister Karen Ringler (Rod) and brother Neal (Lonnie). In addition, Lyle is survived by aunts and uncles, cousins, numerous in-laws from Jean’s family, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, July 31, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 31, 2021


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Jan Dean

July 25, 2021

Lyle and Jean have been such beloved friends since 1975 when we moved to Beavercreek and our children became friends as well, especially Craig and my son, Jeff. I left in 1982 to return to Indianapolis but our friendship continued. Lyle and Jean would often meet with me in Indy on their way to or from Champaign, IL to visit Cheryl, Chuck, Jacob, and Josh. Lyle shared many Purdue memories, especially his work with the Purdue Drill Team and his book about them. Lyle and I often discussed technology since that was my field. Jean and I shared stories about our children, church, CASA, and our special times together. When my son , Andy, was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy Lyle was a staunch supporter. When Andy became a F15 pilot, Lyle was even more engaged because the F15 was his project in the USAF. What a wonderful connection - only God could have made that happen! I have learned so much from Lyle over the years. I last saw him on June 14, 2021 and was happy to have that time with him. Lyle was loving, caring, God centered, and so kind. I will miss him but know he is with Our Savior and is at peace. My sympathy and comfort to his family.
Jan Dean

CJ Wyatt

July 20, 2021

I only met Lyle a few times in the past 15 years when I had the privilege of attending a few of the PDT/PDTA Reunions at Purdue University with my parents LaWayne & Georgann Wyatt. What speaks volumes to me is the fact the Lyle & Jean took the time to drive from OH to Tampa, FL to attend the funeral service of my dad, LaWayne, in 2017. It meant so much to our family and shows the value they placed on their friends and fellow Marchers. I loved talking with Lyle and wish that I would have had the opportunity to get to know him better. I know he is having a grand time in Heaven reuniting with His Lord and Savior and his fellow Marchers that proceeded him. Jean, my prayers are with you and your family as you say good-bye. Hugs to you!

Bonnie Rabert

July 15, 2021

Lyle and Jean will always be part of the Purdue Drill Team and PDTA memories. So happy that we could share these memories at reunions and know Lyle's position on the marching team will never be filled. He was a respected and respectful man who lived a good life in a loving marriage and family.
Our prayers and condolences are sent to Jean, his family and fellow marchers.
Bonnie & Daryl