Lyle J. Preston


Mass of Christian Burial for Lyle J. Preston, 64, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger with Father Paul Kelly, Celebrant. Interment will be at St. Jacob’s Catholic Cemetery, Graettinger. Lyle passed away on Dec. 4, 2023, at Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong, Iowa.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6 at United Lutheran Church in Ringsted.

Lyle J. Preston, son of Emery and Phyllis (Vollmar) Preston, was born on January 17, 1959, in Estherville, Iowa.

Lyle attended Ringsted schools and was a Sentral of Fenton graduate. Lyle was united in marriage to the love of his life, Kim Albertson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 29, 1979. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger, Iowa and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Lyle was the proud owner and operator of Preston Paint and Auto Body in Ringsted for over 20 years. He had a passion for restoring old cars, trucks, and tractors, and really enjoyed ‘making junk look new again.’ He especially enjoyed the past couple of years working with his brother at the shop. Visiting and getting to know his customers brought him daily joy.

He enjoyed reading, playing cards and going on road trips with his wife Kim. Spending time with his friends and family was above all the most important thing for Lyle. Watching all of his girls grow made him proud every day.

Lyle is survived by his wife Kim, his daughters Cristen (Chad) Wheatley and Cindy (Bryan) Last; and his grandchildren Cameron and Casidy Sheda; his brothers Glen (Deb) Preston of Bancroft and Neal Preston of Fenton; Kim’s siblings Kevin (Jennifer Lott) Albertson, Kelly (Ken) McKenney, Keith (Deb Gossman) Albertson, and Kyle (Lana) Albertson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lyle joins his son Andrew (AJ) Preston, his parents Emery and Phyllis, and infant brother Dean.

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