OBITUARY

Lyle Branz

November 10, 1940February 12, 2021

Lyle Owen Branz, 80 of Peoria, passed away peacefully at 5:35 p.m. on February 12, 2021 at Liberty Village Manor Court. He was born November 10, 1940 in Fairbury, Illinois son of Henry Charles and Wanda Lucile Branz. Lyle served in the U.S. Army in Germany where he met and married his beloved wife Ludi on November 8, 1963. They were married 42 years when she died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 59. Lyle had a passion for music and was gifted with the ability to play the guitar, write and sing his own country songs, much to the enjoyment of family and friends. Being a quiet guy, Lyle expressed the heart of who he was through his music with a smile and sense of humor that warmed all our hearts and brought so much joy and fond memories. He was a man of few words and we all knew when Lyle spoke, we needed to listen. Our “Bud” will be so sadly missed. Lyle is survived by his committed companion and sweetheart Ruth, who grew with him in Godly faith and love. He is also survived by five loving siblings who will miss him dearly: Fern Blair, Plymouth, MN; Carol Jean Schade Winn (George), Harbor Springs, MI; Claude Branz (Sylvia), Reidsville, NC; Mick Branz (Karen), Chatsworth, IL; and Donna Bordner (Craig), Mapleton, IL. He is adored and respected by many nieces and nephews, great and small. The Branz Family Reunion will never be the same though our circle be unbroken. If Lyle were here he would say, “It’s Ok.” Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel at 2021 N. University, Peoria, will host a visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service with military honors. Services will be officiated by Pastor Winter of Redeemer for family and close friends due to Covid restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please make a heartfelt donation to the Care Ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church whose pastor ministered to Lyle and Ruth with ongoing visits and communion.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Lisa Schade Eckert

February 20, 2021

Uncle Bud/Lyle had such a dry wit expressed in his songs and his quiet comment with a wry smile; "what kind of deal is this?" and "can't we just do a high five?" at weddings and special occasions. At the same time, though, he showed us he loved us with "Welcome home" and showing up at the events when he winked and asked about high fives. I loved my uncle Lyle and am glad he is finally reunited with aunt Ludi.

Kelli Eyer

February 20, 2021

Lyle gave the best hugs! He will be missed dearly!! Lyle honey..... "Shot, shot, shot, shot!"

Terri Perkins

February 16, 2021

My sympathy to all the Family. Lyle’s sister Donna is my classmate and Good Friend, and I know how close she and the rest of the family was! I know they are going to miss him, but know that he is at Peace, and someday they will all be together again🙏 You are in my Thoughts and Prayers♥️

Fern Blair

February 16, 2021

Lyle and I grew up on the farm with sister Carol Jean and brother, Claude. He was "Bud" then and still is in my mind. He married Ludi while in Germany and they were very happy for over 40 yrs until she died in 2005. He later was so very lucky to meet Ruth who is one of God's Angels for sure. She has stood by him right thru the end. As a family we can't say thank you enough. We are all blessed by having her so close to him. Also, our baby sister Donna. Bless her dear heart, we all love her dearly. Thank you for all you've done for him. I would like Ruth to have the flowers from Fern & family after services.

Kay Tauber Grizzle

February 13, 2021

Sending prayers of sympathy to the family

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