Lyle Howard


May 7, 1917 - April 9, 2021


Lyle Howard, 103, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, April 9, 2021, at his home under hospice care in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, April 14 at Faith Missionary Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Faith Missionary Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

The Reverend Lyle Andrew Howard was born May 7, 1917, near Almena in Northern County, Kansas to Edward and Alice (Henthorne) Howard, the seventh of eight children. He departed this life April 9, 2021, at the age of 103 years and 11 months and 2 days.

While he was still an infant, the family moved to the area near Platte, South Dakota, where he grew up. In 1941 Lyle was united in marriage with Lois Myrann. Four children, Lindell, Elaine, David, and James were born to this union. After Bible school in Mitchell and two pastorates in South Dakota, the family served as missionaries in Cuba from 1949-1953. Upon returning to the States, the family settled in Mitchell, South Dakota, where Rev. Howard became the pastor of Faith Missionary Church where he served for 51 years.

While fulfilling his pastoral responsibilities, Rev. Howard also was president of the Faith Missionary Association, traveled back to Cuba several times, made evangelistic journeys to seven other countries, and did evangelistic work in various places in the United States. After retirement, Reverend Howard wrote his memoirs and published a book of his sermons.

He is survived by his children, Lindell (Judy) Howard, Mitchell, South Dakota; Elaine (Martin) Swinehart, Lenexa, Kansas; David (Tessa) Howard, Winner, South Dakota; and James (Fredde) Howard of Hobe Sound, Florida; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lyle was predeceased by Lois, his wife of 71 years, his parents, and siblings.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Faith Missionary Church
1029 E 6th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

6:30 PM Prayer Service


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
10:30 AM
Faith Missionary Church
1029 E 6th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Rena Bultsma Lunders on May 3, 2021
Our condolences go out to the Howard family upon losing a patriarch--what a long and interesting life he led. I met him once several years ago and am interested in finding the book he wrote of his memoirs because I think he grew up near my father. Is it in the Mitchell Library?
Posted by Rob and Rose Moore on April 20, 2021
With sincere sympathy to your whole family. May he always rest in God's loving arms.
Posted by Dennis Martin on April 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for you and your family at this time. 2 Cor 5.8
God Bless
Posted by Lou & Wanda Grisham, Evansville, Indiana on April 14, 2021
We greatly appreciated Bro. Howard! What an example his life has been! Thoughts and prayers for all the family.
Posted by Bill and Barb Goldammer on April 12, 2021
The family of Lyle. You have our deepest sympathy.
We will be thinking and praying for you.
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