July 30, 1926 - March 17, 2019
Lyle Harrison Wharton died March 17, 2019, at the age of 92. He was born July 30, 1926, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles Harrison Wharton and Lunetta Rising Wharton. He graduated from Murray High School in St. Paul, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Iowa.
Lyle studied trumpet at the Navy School of Music and then served in the Pacific
during World War II on the battleship USS Pennsylvania. Following discharge at the end of the war, he returned to the Twin Cities to resume his education. Lyle played in the U of M marching band and formed a jazz band.
Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Andrinne Fowler Wharton. He was commissioned into the Army and assigned to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. Andrinne and Lyle began their adventure together raising three children and living in Iowa City, Denver, Tokyo, back to St. Paul, Dallas, Beaumont, Las Animas, Colorado, Morristown New Jersey, Columbia, South Carolina, Spruce Pine North Carolina, and full circle to San Antonio.
Lyle’s career included clinical and consulting psychology in the military and as a civilian. He was board certified as a clinical psychologist. After leaving active duty in 1958, he served in the Army Reserve achieving the rank of Colonel.
Lyle and Andrinne enjoyed retirement in their home overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway where Lyle pursued his interests in military history, music, geography and hiking the Appalachians.
Always a man of quick wit, Lyle would entertain with a joke, bad pun or an impersonation. Lyle and Andrinne’s later years brought them to Boern, and lastly to San Angelo to be closer to family.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and brother and sister-in-law, John and Marge Flower. He is survived by his loving family: Andrinne, his wife of 69 years; children Michelle Vanderzant (Chris), Jeff Wharton, and Leslie Brubaker; grandchildren Katie Drew (Noah), Will Vanderzant (Kate), Blake Cooper and Kristen Vanderzant (Luca Morganti); and nieces, nephews and their families.
A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Raffini Chapel, 11 E. Ave. B, San Angelo, TX, 76903. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo.
Family and friends may share condolences and sign the online register book at www.harper-funeralhome.com
Arrangements with Harper Funeral Home of San Angelo.