John "Jack" Lyle
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John “Jack” Lyle (2019) was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the country’s first African-American fighter group. The Airmen were among the most skilled pilots during World War II. Lyle, who named his plane “Natalie” in honor of his first wife, was credited with shooting down a German Messerschmitt. After the war, he became a Chicago police officer with the park district and operated a tree trimming company. His favorite hobby was sailing on Lake Michigan.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jan. 7, 2019.
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February 23, 2020
I had the good fortune to meet Jack in 2014, we spent a day sailing on opening day of the season. What a sailor! I began to learn of the Tuskegee Airmen that day, and I have continued to research these extraordinary aviators. Mr Lyle was an incredible person to talk to, a beautiful soul. Im lucky to have met a real American hero. God bless his spirit, sending love and prayers to his family. I wanted to post this as I just watched a movie on the Airmen and wanted to let the family know, I will never forgot meeting him.
Susan Swann
May 29, 2019
A hero to us all especially his lovely wife Eunice. He had such a great sense of humor as well. I am so glad to have been in his presence and shared space along with my young grandson. Not only are the ancestors proud but so are Mr. Lyles descendants. Gone but never to be forgotten.
Deveda Francois
April 22, 2019
Thank you. God Bless your soul!
brian b
March 29, 2019
Matthew McGuire
February 15, 2019
Charle snd I loved sailing with Jack. He was full of life, honest and true to his friends. Eunice, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you find peace in remembering all the great times you had.
Karen Hunter
January 27, 2019
January 27, 2019 Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of John Jack Lyle. May God continue to comfort you every day .
Cheryl Auflick
January 26, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 20, 2019
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.
January 18, 2019
I don't know if Jack Lyles is the same Lyles my family has been search for over the years. I have posted a photo of my Grand Uncle Jack Lyles on Face Book. All I know he went into the Army during World War II and the family never heard from him until this publication was shown.
James (Lyles) Lyas
January 18, 2019
Thank you for your service. Also thank God for you and your family for what you had to go through as a black man in this country.
Robert Jennings
January 18, 2019
Losing a loved one is a painful experience. May the God of tender mercies and comfort soothe your hearts during this most difficult time (2 Cor 1:2,3)
January 16, 2019
May our dear lord comfort Jack's family, I know jack is with our lord Jesus now. God bless and THANK YOU Jack for all you have done for our country and your community......."May God hold and comfort your family and friends in the palm of his hands"
James Kozusko
January 16, 2019
My deepest sympathies are extended to the Lyle family. I can't imagine your heartache. May you receive the love and support needed during this extremely difficult time. May you also be consoled by knowing that God has the power to bind up the brokenhearted and to strengthen all who mourn.

Isaiah 61:1,2
January 16, 2019
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
January 16, 2019
A true American hero, who was one of the greatest generation. God's speed.

Prayer's to the family.

M. Kosh
Ft. Myer's, Fl.
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January 15, 2019

Valenda Newell
January 15, 2019
To the remaining family of John"Jack" Lyle. It was exciting to learn of our true African American Black History of The Tuskegee Air men and their struggle to become Airmen. But at last John "Jack"Lyle has ended the struggle , only to awaken to a new day where everyone will stand equal to each other, no more inequality. But true freedom and peace forever. ISAIAH. 17, 21-22.
J. Y.
January 15, 2019
RIP Mr. Lyle. Your services and dedication to this country are appreciated.
January 15, 2019
Jack here is to you and your fellow "Red Tails". One movie my great grandsons love to watch is "Red Tails" I grew up during the war and served during the Koean War. Jim Payne Marshfield MO
Jim L. Payne
January 14, 2019
I was born post WW2, and grew up in Chicago: wishing I could have known Mr Lyle so I could have personally thanked him for his bravery, and the service he provided to the world. I also wish to thank for becoming a member of the CPD too. Rest In Peace Sir. Your long, duty-filled life has earned that !
Michael Catalano
January 14, 2019
God's plan for your life was planned carefully and you accepted your role during that hostile, dangerous time in the history of the country. Rest in the Savior's arms brave man and thank you for helping beat back pure evil.

Susan, MI
January 14, 2019
My Father, Retired LTC. Vernon P. Sigo credits the Tuskegee Airmen with his survival as a B-17 navigator in WWII. Thank you Mr. Lyle and your "commitment to the mission."
God's Blessings
Jim Sigo
January 14, 2019
The bravery of the Tuskegee Airman was truly amazing. My deepest condolences to the Lyle family and friends for losing a true hero. May the God of all peace and comfort help you all to endure this difficult time. In the near future he will end all death, pain, and sorrow.
A Reed
January 14, 2019
Thank You Sir for your service. I had the Honor of meeting one of your fellow Airman in Fla in 2007, unfortunately I cannot recall his name, but indeed was a Honor
Henry Pierce
January 14, 2019
Prayers go out to your family such a hero within your own right thank you for your service and your representation of our people continue to fly high soldier!
Kimberly Driskell
January 14, 2019
God Bless all of those airmen. Not only did they blaze the trail for getting respect for all African-Americans, they saved many lives by merely being excellent at their job. Rest in peace Jack and "Thank You" for my freedom.
Dan Tillmans
Served In The Military Together
January 14, 2019
Fly high in that next place Jack!
John McKiernan
January 13, 2019
To the family: So sorry for your loss. My prayer is that you will find peace that passes all understanding. What a man, what a sacrifice, what a legacy. I am thankful for Mr. Lyle and every Tuskegee Airman. May God bless and keep you.
Yolanda V. Blumenberg
January 13, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. May God comfort each of you during this grievous time.
January 13, 2019
To the Lyle Family,

America appreciate the dedication and professionalism Mr. John "Jack" Lyle exhibited by protecting the rights of all Americans during WW II.

Prayers to you all during this difficult time.

God bless,
Olivia Lombard
January 13, 2019
Without the great generation and hero's like Mr Lyle, We might not have following generations...We owe them everything we have today and should be forever indebted to Him and others like him...Thank you sir
brian R
January 13, 2019
brian r
January 12, 2019
What a Hero you are!....We are so fortunate to have you Mr. Jack Lyle...I wish I could have known you in person...THANK YOU...
January 12, 2019
Kathryn Irby
January 12, 2019
Thank you for your service sir !
January 12, 2019
I have heard so much about the Tuskegee airmen who made a great sacrifice in serving their country during
World War II. I am so sorry to learn of John's death. I am sure he shared a great legacy for so many people about his experiences as a fellow airman. May the God of tender mercies comfort the family during this time.
January 12, 2019
Matt Franks
January 12, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 12, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Lyle Family and friends for the loss of your beloved ~ JOHN. You are so blessed to have had him in your lives for so many years. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy and your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together; and may the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY
January 11, 2019
May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Lyle family and friends at this difficult time
January 11, 2019
Our country owes you a great debt of gratitude for your service as a fighter pilot and then a police officer. This country needs more men like Mr Lyle. Thank you from a fellow officer in southeast Alabama to my brother in Illinois. Thank you sincerely sir. James Killingsworth Houston County Sheriffs Office- Dothan, Alabama
James Killingsworth
January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
L. Mason
January 11, 2019
God bless you and, as retired Coast Guard, wish you fair winds and following seas
David Carmody
January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019
Sorry for your loss. May you find peace from God. Philippians 4:6,7
January 11, 2019
I wish I was lucky enough to have met this great man in person. A true hero....strong, courageous beyond words, and had more greatness than we will ever experience in ourselves. I admired what and how he accomplished what he did. A True man.
Thank you for serving our country Mr. Lyle .My heart and hat is tipped to you.
Gail Thompson
January 10, 2019
Family, there are no words to convey our sorrow for you during these trying times. John left a legacy of memories for you to reminisce on; treasure those memories and be assured that the God of Comfort has him tucked away in his memory as well.
January 10, 2019
One of the Greatest Generation, Thanks Jack !

January 10, 2019
Thank you for your service!! May you now fly with the wings of an angle. God bless you.
warren rowles
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