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SCHOFIELD, B. Lyle
SCHOFIELD, B. Lyle Lyle passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012, in Lancaster. He was eighty-five. His beloved wife, Margene, and daughter, Debra, predeceased him. He is survived by four children, Marvin, Mark, David and Patricia, twenty grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was born in Rupert, Idaho on December 27, 1926, the third child of four born to Vao and Stella Schofield. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific as World War II concluded and then traveled to Uruguay to fill a 2 1/2 year mission for the LDS Church. He married Violet Margene Seedall of Rupert on June 6, 1951. They moved to Richmond where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. He was hired by the federal government to work as an aeronautical engineer at the flight test center at Edwards Air Force. After briefly living in base housing, Lyle and Margene and their two children moved to Lancaster in 1955. He had a distin- guished career as an engineer and helped test and develop many cutting-edge planes including B-58 Hustler , X-15, X-20 Dyna Soar, and XB-70 Valkyrie, for which he received the USAF Technical Achievement Award. Sponsored by the Air Force, he returned to school and earned a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. After retiring from twenty-nine years of civilian service to the USAF, he worked for Northrop on the B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber). In 2008, he was honored by the Edwards AFB Flight Test Historical Foundation and designated an Eagle. Lyle was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and served in many leadership positions, including bishop. A veiwing will be held at 10 a.m., with Memorial Service following at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012, both at the LDS meetinghouse, 750 East Avenue J, across from AV College.

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