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Obituaries: Lyle G. Schaak

Lyle G. Schaak, 75, of Cloquet passed away from underlying health conditions following surgery on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at University of Minnesota Medical Center surrounded by family members.

He was born in Lakeville, Minnesota on June 15, 1946, to George and Selma (Pudil) Schaak. He graduated in 1964 from Lakeville High School.

Lyle joined the U.S. Navy and served from December 1964 to 1968, serving on the USS Mount McKinley as a master signalman during his three tours in the Vietnam War.

After proudly serving his country, Lyle worked as a foreman carpenter with a mechanical and creative mind, designing and constructing an array of architectures.

Lyle loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed gardening and canning. You could always count on Lyle to be hanging out, cracking jokes, and having a good time. Lyle and Barb's home was also home to countless unofficially adopted friends, daughters, sons, grandchildren and neighbors.

Lyle and Barbara Jenniges married on June 24, 1967, and resided in San Diego until Lyle's departure from the Navy. With an honorable discharge, they moved to Minneapolis. They raised their four daughters (Melody, Kristine, Carrie, and Tara) in Wanda and Cloquet.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, George and Selma (Pudil) Schaak; father-in-law Mathias V. Jenniges and mother-in-law Dolores M. Jenniges; and siblings Glen Schaak, John Schaak and Jane Schaak.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Jenniges) Schaak; daughters, Melody Daniel (Mark), Kristine Schaak (Romon), Carre James (Reginald) and Tara Smith (Steve); brother Jim Schaak (Bernice); grandchildren, Nathan Daniel, DeAhna Kulas, Tyler Daniel (Maddy, fiancé), Casey Kulas (MiKayla, fiancé), Olivia Schaak, Elijah Schaak, Zachary Daniel and Brayden Smith; step-grandchildren, Kayla (Trey) Lynch and Kendall Smith; great-grandchild, Arely Daniel; step-great-grandchildren Braxton Eggert, Xavier Lynch, Zariyah Lynch and Ezrah Lynch; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. A Celebration of Life for Lyle will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9, with a time to share eulogies at 12 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care. A luncheon will be provided during the celebration. Military honors will be presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard at 1 p.m. See the family online guestbook at http://www.nelson funeralcare.net.

Pine Knot News, Sept. 17, 2021

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