William Lytle (1928 - 2018)

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William (Bill) H. Lytle passed away June 1, 2018 in Overland Park, KS.

Bill was the son of Harold H. and Birney H. Lytle, longtime residents of Lawrence, who pre-deceased him. A sister, Shirley Lee Lytle Capps, her husband, Norman E. Capps, and a daughter, Cynthia Lynn Harte, also pre- deceased him.

Bill was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity during his student years at the University of Kansas. He has supported KU athletics since 1957 as a member of the Outland Scholarship Fund as well as the Williams Education Fund. He established a Charitable Remainder Trust for the Williams Education Fund to honor his father, Harold Lytle, a KU Basketball player in 1916 & 1917.

He was also a cousin of Judge Samuel Riggs, an early settler of Lawrence and a survivor of Quantrill's raid in 1863.

During the 1970's, Bill traveled with the Football team and broadcast post-game interviews with KU football players and coaches on KMBZ.

He had an active career in the Broadcasting Industry for over 66 years beginning in March, 1950. He negotiated the sale of radio stations throughout the country including the sale of KLWN/KLZR in Lawrence from the Booth family to Zimmer Radio.

Bill is survived by his wife, Nancy, children: Stephen Sipe, wife Cathy; Carol Pileggi, husband David; Michael Lytle; Stephen Lytle; Phillip Lytle wife Judy; Catherine Spencer, husband Paul; and Christina Stephens. Four of his children are KU graduates. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, two of whom are KU graduates, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 nieces.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, June 19 at the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall in Overland Park, KS. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church or the Williams Education Fund, University of Kansas, 1651 Naismith Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045.
Published in Lawrence Journal-World on June 10, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home | Mount Moriah Cemetery Sout
10507 Holmes Road | Kansas City, MO 64131 | (816) 942-2004
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