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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Lyle Welch Royal of Virden, who passed
4away on August 16, 2013; and
5    WHEREAS, Lyle Royal was born on January 19, 1920 in
6Swinton, Missouri to Lyman W. and Mary C. (nee Long) Royal; he
7graduated from Advance High School in Advance, Missouri and
8enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, serving his
9country in the Pacific Theater during World War II; he married
10Virginia Margaret Norman in Pascagoula, Mississippi on March 6,
111943 and settled in Cahokia; and
12    WHEREAS, Lyle Royal owned and operated Royal's Highway
13Service Station from 1950-1955; after selling the business, he
14worked at Parks Bi-State Airport and later became Supervisor of
15Transportation for Cahokia School District #187; he began his
16teaching career as a vocational education instructor at Cahokia
17High School, retiring in 1985; following retirement, he and his
18wife moved to Virden; and
19    WHEREAS, Lyle Royal achieved his dream of obtaining a
20college education when he was in his 50's by earning both his
21bachelor's degree and master's degree from Southern Illinois
22University in Carbondale; and



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1    WHEREAS, While living in Cahokia, Lyle Royal was a member
2of Maplewood Park Baptist Church, the Emeth Masonic Lodge #1030
3Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Exchange and Optimist
4Clubs; upon moving to Virden, he joined the Grace Southern
5Baptist Church, where he served as deacon; he was an active
6member of American Legion Post #386 and an avid supporter of
7the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.; and
8    WHEREAS, Lyle Royal was preceded in death by his parents
9and by his brother, Gerland "Rusty" Royal; and
10    WHEREAS, Lyle Royal is survived by his wife of 70 years,
11Margaret; his daughters, Elaine (Robert) Harrell and Cecilia
12(Douglas) Pitchford; his grandchildren, Rebecca (Jeffrey)
13Caldwell, Cynthia (Brandon) Shafer, Erick Pitchford, and Tyler
14(Janna) Pitchford; his great-grandchildren, Ethan and Avery
15Caldwell, Corban, Eliana, and Jude Shafer, Lucas Pitchford, and
16Madelynn and Meredith Pitchford; his sisters-in-law, Mary
17Royal and Dorothy Norman; and several nieces, nephews,
18great-nieces, great-nephews, and other extended family and
19friends; therefore, be it
21ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
22Lyle Welch Royal, and extend our sincere condolences to his



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1family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
3    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
4presented to the family of Lyle Royal as an expression of our
5deepest sympathy.