Lyle Metz Pool

Born: Sun., Jan. 19, 1930
Died: Sat., Jul. 29, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 03, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Aug. 04, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Lyle Metz Pool, 87, formerly of Griggsville, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy after a long illness.  Lyle was born on January 19, 1930 in Chambersburg, a son of Virgil Archie Pool and Helen Aileen Metz Pool.  He married Norma Lee Sleight on September 17, 1956; she preceded him in death on February 23, 2005.

Lyle was a gifted athlete, excelling at baseball and basketball while in school   He even provided a juggling show at half time basketball games.  Lyle graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1948 and went on to Western Illinois University where he had the opportunity to play on a traveling baseball team.  He was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball organization to play professional baseball.  He stopped his college classes when he signed his baseball contract on June 1, 1950.  As a result, he was eligible to be drafted for the Korean Conflict.  He played for a short time until he was drafted into the United States Army.  Lyle started his basic training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, September 22, 1951.  He was deployed to Korea on March 23, 1952 to combat zone. He served in Korea as a "Wolfhound" with the 27th infantry regiment, 25th infantry division.  The "Wolfhounds" were so named because they were very aggressive in their pursuit of the enemy.  He was critically wounded in a land mine explosion September 16, 1952 near Satae-ri, North Korea.  He spent the next year plus some months in army hospitals including Japan and in the United States regaining his ability to walk and rehabilitating from other neurological injuries which earned him purple heart. Lyle was also awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, UN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal.   Lyle was a member of the Griggsville American Legion Post #212 and member of the Pittsfield VFW.

Lyle was never able to return to his dream of playing professional baseball.  He did go on to graduate from Bradley University with a degree in Business.  He also got married, had a family and was a successful veterinary medical salesman for many years.  

He is survived by his son, Doug (Tamie) Pool of Griggsville; a grandson, Butch (Asuka) Pool; two great grandchildren, Corbin Metz Pool and Michika Kuramoto Pool; in addition to four brothers, Ellis, Edwin, Galen and Henry Pool.  Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Norma, sisters, Virginia Pool Robinson, Doris Pool Eckhoff; a brother, Dean Emmerson Pool; and half siblings, Evelyn Pool Emmerson and Kenneth Wayne Pool.  

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Peg Ratliff officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Griggsville Cemetery with military honors..  

Memorials are suggested to be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.

Charitable donations may be made in Lyle's memory to the following organization:

Illinois Veterans Home of Quincy, IL

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Kimberly Riley Rybarczyk
   Posted Mon July 31, 2017
Doug and Tammy and Butch,
So very sorry to hear about Lyle. He and dad were such good friends and many times when I was home we would go to Quincy to visit him. They had lots of adventures and stories together. Lyle was always so welcoming whenever I was there and always so positive. He will be missed by many. All my thougths, prayers, and sympathy to you and all your family. So sad, and so hard to lose a parent no matter what the age or circumstance. Take good care and cherish all the good memories.
With sympathy, Kimberly Riley Rybarczyk and family

Rhonda Hobson Elledge
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, Doug and family. We lost two good men in the month of July.

Judi Dunham
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of a great American hero. He was such a good friend to my parents. He was a very genuine man, always ready to help in any way. Butch was a shining example for others. There was always a smile on his face and he spoke kind words. To Doug, Tamie, and Butch, may all your wonderful memories help you get through this trying time. Dwight, Judi, and Courtney

Rick Barton
   Posted Wed August 02, 2017
Doug and family, Your dad over the years would stop by our office and visit. I loved hearing his history and was always excited when he came in. Though I haven's seen him since he moved to Quincy, I will always remember these times. I am sorry for your loss but I know he is in good hands

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
To Doug, Tamie, Butch, and family, I did not know Mr. Lyle, but recognized the name and associated it with Norma and always good things I have read. You are very proud of his life and heroism I am sure.
My hope for you is there will be many good and pleasant memories to carry with you.
Your family were always such pleasant customers at the Red Dome.
Sincerely, Bonnie

Rick Kunkel
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
Thinking if you and your family Doug during this difficult time.

Rick Kunkel Family

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