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Obituary: Pastor Lyle "Bud" Irving Twite


May 22, 2020

Pastor Lyle “Bud” Irving Twite, 92 of Cloquet passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born September 18, 1927 in Veblen, South Dakota to Lewis and Ida Twite. He grew up in Claire City and worked on the family farm. Lyle eventually took over the family farm and for a short time he owned a roller skating rink in Claire City. On November 8, 1951 he married Alda Peterson in Sisseton, South Dakota. In 1954 they moved to Kansas and in 1956 they moved to Cloquet. Lyle worked in construction, mostly working on bridge building, including the Blatnik Bridge until starting his own construction company, T&T Construction. In 1981 he started as a lay pastor in Finlayson. He attended Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary in Medicine Lake and began his full time ministry in Bagley in 1987 until retiring in 2008. After retirement he moved back to Cloquet.

Lyle enjoyed fishing, and watching baseball and hockey. His greatest satisfaction came from serving his Lord, his church families, and others. Lyle had a servant’s heart and he was always kind and generous. Lyle always put others before himself.

Lyle was preceded in death by two brothers, Roland and Donavon Twite.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alda; five children, Kent Twite of Acworth, Georgia, Richard (Lynn) Twite of Cloquet, Muriel (Kevin) Gustafson of Cloquet, Tim (Jan) Twite of Prior Lake, and Myrna (Jeff) Alley of Kennesaw, Georgia; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnyside Health Care Center for their tender loving care of Lyle.

Private family services will be held. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family c/o Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet, MN 55720. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see


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