David P. Hyle
“Here he lies where he long’d to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)
David Hyle was born the third of five children in Baltimore, Md., on April 23, 1924, to Helen and John Hyle and grew up in Maryland with his immediate family and his much-beloved Uncle Morgan and cousin Florence Mae. David started out as a young man married to Virginia Hajek Hyle; together they had five beautiful children: Virginia (Ginger), David Charles, Chris, Erik and Konrad. Later, he married his wife, Barbara, and together they had Nick, Tom and Laurel.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, with whom he spent many beautiful years and his children: Ginger, David Charles, Chris, Erik, Konrad, Nick, Tom and Laurel; his brother, Hafey and sister Betty. (His siblings Mike and John preceded him in death.)
He was a loving grandfather to grandchildren: Caroline and Cole Espy; Sarah (Hyle) Fredlund, Patrick, Jacob and Rachel Hyle and Jessica, Alex and Samantha Hyle; was privileged to be great-grandfather to Zane and Corinne Fredlund and was known to all under the age of 12 as ‘Pop Pop Grizz.’
He started his career working at sea, joined the United States Merchant Marines in 1941 and graduated in 1944 from the United States Maritime Service Officers School, Fort Trumbull New London Connecticut. He served in the United States Merchant Marines for nine years and in a number of war zones, including the Atlantic War Zone, the Mediterranean Middle East War Zone, and the Pacific War Zone. After being honorably discharged, he worked in the Maryland shipyards and then partnered with Roger Grinage to start a number of marine engineering companies that performed both private and government contracts in Philadelphia, Pa. He retired from this work to the farm he and Barbara shared in Pennsylvania and which David affectionately dubbed Sisters’ & Six Brothers’ Harbour. He enjoyed a number of nature-centered activities, was a dedicated conservationist and outdoorsman and spent his free time hunting in Pennsylvania and Montana.
He was a proud member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, the American Legion in Augusta, Mont., the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He was a great lover of golf, literature, astronomy, opera, the outdoors, hunting and most especially, his family. As David said so often, “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world ...” (John Muir) He was much loved in life and will be missed with great sadness and love.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 23, 2010, from 2- 8 p.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home Inc., 875 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, and the closed casket funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 303 Lincoln Way East, Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., with Father Joseph Nale officiating, followed by burial at the Mount Tabor Nazarene Church, 5286 North Hess Rd., Waterfall, PA 16689.
Military services will be conducted by the Fulton Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or the Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 761 Park Fifth Avenue, Chambersburg PA 17201.