Lyle A. "Buster" Splan, beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, great-great grandpa, brother and uncle passed away peacefully just four days before his 99th birthday on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Owosso.
He was born in Owosso on December 6, 1920 at the home of his parents, Albert and Ida (Hornstra) Splan. He was a World War ll Veteran who proudly served his country in the US Army from 1942 to 1946. He retired from General Motors in 1982. He and his wife Jeanette (Good) were lifelong Owosso residents. Together, they raised three children, Robert, William and Kimberly. Jeanette died in 1988. Lyle married Violet I. Lewis on December 1, 1990 in Ovid. With his second family, he gained ten step-children. The blended families enjoyed many wonderful times at the cabin that Lyle had built in Gladwin along the Tidabawassee River. Lyle enjoyed a good game of cribbage, solitaire, euchre and was passionate about completing his crossword puzzles. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Lyle was a Corunna VFW and Owosso Eagles Member. He and Violet were members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Violet, sons, Robert Splan of Tennessee, William (Gail) Splan of Owosso, daughter, Kim (Abe) Powell of Laingsburg. Stepchildren, Teri Rossman of Florida, Ruth (Mike) Benovic of Fruitport, Debbie (Art) Price of Ovid, Dinah Tyler of Grand Ledge, Kristina Weideman of Florida, Chris (Bob) Campbell, Irene (David) Wyrick of Byron, Kathy (Brian) Bracey of Ovid, Daniel (Sandie) Spear of Battle Creek and Karen (Dave) Rosquin of West Bloomfield, many, many grandchildren, great and great, great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Waunita Malkaski, Alva McClain, Ester Evitts, all of Owosso and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, Jeanette, brothers, Leonard, Harold and Jack, sister, Bea and brother-in-laws, Tap Evitts, Bernard McClain and Felix Malkaski.
Funeral service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings Lyons Chapel on Thursday, December 5th at noon with Pastor Steffani Glygoroff officiating. Military honors will immediately follow the service. Internment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso. The family will receive friends beginning at 10am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Home Veterans, 1605 Vandekarr Road, Owosso, Mi 48867.
Online condolences to the family may be shared at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.