Lyle H. “Red” Watt, 82, of Hermantown, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Solvay Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
Lyle was born April 1, 1929, in St. Paul, to Lysle and Ethel (Sweeney) Watt. He was a 1947 graduate of Duluth Cathedral High School and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War serving in Okinawa, Japan. Lyle continued his military career by joining the Air National Guard, where he served with the 148th Fighter Wing full time for 38 years, retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and received the Meritorious Service Award.
Lyle coached Pony League football and Little League baseball for many years. Lyle was a member of the Duluth Elks and participated in both golf and bowling leagues. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.
Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine “Totsy”; parents; brother Thomas Watt; sister Shirley Pillsbury; and infant son, Timothy Lyle Watt.
Lyle is survived by his children, Amy (Dennis) Pickett of Maple Grove, Minn., Daniel Watt of Green Bay, Wis., Jim Watt of Minneapolis, Jane (Dave) Moore Emberley of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Katie (Mark) Wagner of Plymouth, Minn., Maggie (David) Semborski of Brooklyn Park, and Patti Watt of Hermantown; grandchildren Brian Watt, Erin (Watt) Miller, Andrew and Sean Watt, Tony Moore, Andrew Wagner, Danielle and Lindsey Pickett, Samantha and Nick Semborski; five great-grandchildren; sisters Eleanor McNamara, Lois (Gordy) Nelson, Jean (Dick) Stranik, Rosemary (Russell) Clouse; brother-in-law Charles Pillsbury; and several nieces and nephews.
Lyle’s children would like to thank the Solvay Hospice House for their unconditional care for Lyle. He will be missed dearly by his family, the sandwich night group and Elk’s group.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday with wake prayers at 6:30 p.m. in Dougherty Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Solvay Hospice House, 801 Baylis St., Duluth, MN 55805.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth, (218) 727-3555.
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