Lyle Willard Bensen was born on May 9, 1934, in Ringsted, the only son of Roy and Florence (Nelson) Bensen. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. John's Lutheran Church. He graduated from Ringsted High School in 1952 and from Reisch School of Auctioneering in Mason City.
Lyle's career of farming was interrupted by a call to serve in the army from 1957-1959.
In 1960, Lyle was united in marriage to Diane Fischer, a Ringsted teacher.
He found success and pleasure in life as a landowner, auctioneer, and a lifetime cattleman. He served as an auctioneer in the following sale barns: Armstrong, Truman, Algona, Storm Lake, Sioux Center, Fort Dodge, Bloomfield, Wesley, Sheldon, Garner, Emmetsburg, and Spencer.
Lyle was a member of the Ringsted Presbyterian Church for 42 years and joined the Algona First Lutheran Church in May of 2003, when he and his wife, Diane, moved to Algona.
In his retirement, Lyle became a voracious reader of inspirational books and took pride in caring for his lawn and property.
Lyle died Monday, September 27, 2021 at Windsor Manor in Algona. He was 87.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, David (Marci) Sabin of Menagha, MN, Peg (Dave) Skilling of Algona, Sandi Mueller of Penn Valley, CA, Ron (Carmeen) Pertl of Indianapolis, IN, Mary (Dan) Laffey of Birmingham, AL, Jane (Kevin) Naig of Columbia, SC; and many friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Diane; and sisters, Leona Sabin and Leila Pertl.