Established in 1875
Pershing Lyle Gravlin, 75, of Urbana passed away at 5:05 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his home, surrounded by family.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Eastlawn Burial Park in Urbana on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Pastor Dave Ashby will officiate. A celebration of life will follow from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign.
Lyle was born in Watseka, IL on June 6, 1944 to parents Pershing G and Kathryn (Allsteadt) Gravlin. They preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was his sister Janice Brown.
On June 27, 1965 Lyle married Janet Sue Hays in Urbana, she survives. Also surviving are their children; Jennifer Gravlin (Eric Little) of Maitland, FL and Joanna Griffin of Tolono. Granddaughters Allison Griffin and Stephanie Griffin of Tolono and nieces; Cindy Richardson (Galen) of Monticello, KY and Jamie Ray (Pete) of Berea, KY also survive him.
Lyle was a graduate of Urbana High School class of 1962. He worked for his family owned carpet installation company as well as for Carpetland and Carpet Weavers. Lyle retired after forty-seven years. In the 1970’s Lyle worked as a part time deputy for the Champaign County Sherriff’s office.
Lyle’s passion was his family and spending time with his granddaughters Allison and Stephanie.
He enjoyed hunting, reading and tending to his farm where he had planted five hundred oak trees. He was also a member of the NRA.
Memorial Contributions in Lyle’s honor may be made to Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America, 3301 Farber Dr. Champaign, IL 61822 or to the Minds in Motion Program at First United Methodist Church, 210 W Church St., Champaign, IL 61820.
Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America
3301 Farber Dr, Champaign IL 61822
Minds in Motion Program
210 W Church St, Champaign IL 61820