Passing of Lyle Hamilton

August 31, 2021

Dear Friends and Family, 

It is with my deepest condolences that I inform you of the passing of our beloved brother, Lyle Woodrow Hamilton. He passed away early in the morning on August 25th, 2021. 

As a long-standing member of our community, he came into ministry in his early years after receiving a Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University. He was later ordained within the Yellowstone Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he served as District Superintendent of Western Montana for the years of 1988-1994. Throughout his time in ministry, he pastored churches throughout the Three Forks/Willow Creek areas and contributed his service to various congregations within the towns of Troy, Anaconda, Missoula, Valier and Butte, Montana.

In every sense of the word, Lyle was a leader. His innate skill of connection through people and relationships set him apart as a keystone in his community. He notably served as President of the Montana Association of Churches after decades of involvement. Continuing into his retirement, Lyle’s passion for the church could not be quelled and he sustained involvement with the Intermountain Children’s Home and Services as a part time pastor, in which he contributed at any opportunity and supported Walk to Emmaus spiritual growth experiences. 

Born in Chickasha, OK on May 18, 1942, Lyle quickly grew to spend time throughout the world, with notable extended visits to Europe, the Holy Land and more. He shared these experiences with many, including his beloved wife Marianne, a fellow United Methodist pastor. Through the witness of the many who were blessed by Lyle’s ministry, colleagueship, and friendship, he is also remembered as one gifted 

with the art of poetry. In his final years of life, he spent many months reviewing the poems of his life, which he blessedly shared with his friends, family and loved ones. 

Lyle’s greatest pride and joy are those of his children: Kama, Kaleb and Scott. He is survived by each of them and their spouses, as well as his loving wife Marianne Nieson, brothers Don and Ray, sister Rose Ann, grandsons Weston and Quin, granddaughters Belly and Lily, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Intermountain Children’s Home, 500 S Lamborn, Helena, MT 59601; St. Paul’s UMC, 512 Logan, Helena, MT 59601 or a charity of your choice.

Memorial Services will take place:

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Fort King Presbyterian

13 NE 36th Ave

Ocala, Florida


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursday, September 30, 2021

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

505 Logan

Helena, Montana