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Charles I. Lytle, 83, president of Lytle Associates, an insurance agency he founded in Niagara Falls, died Sunday (Sept. 16, 2001) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.

Lytle was born in Canton, Ohio, and moved to Lewiston 42 years ago.

He married the former Mary Jean Allen in 1942.

An Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he served as a navigator and bombardier on B-26 bombers, flying 32 missions in the European Theater.

The insurance agency, now based on Grand Island, was founded in 1946. Lytle retired in 1984.

Lytle, a member of many civic and professional organizations, was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, served as president of the Niagara Falls Life Underwriters and was a member of New England Life Leaders Association.

Lytle served as president of Niagara Falls Jaycees and was a life member of Niagara Falls Rotary International and a member of the Rotary Club in Sedona, Ariz.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Niagara Falls Country Club, Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora and Oak Creek Country Club in Sedona.

Lytle and his wife enjoyed traveling overseas and throughout the United States. He also maintained residences in Sedona and Irasburg, Vt.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Thomas, Paul and Charles, all of Lewiston, and John of Gastonia, N.C.; four daughters, Mary Jean "Penny" Luch of Morgan Hills, Calif., Constance "Connie" Gidlow of Denver, Kathleen Kelley of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Marguerite "Molly" of Chicago; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

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