Reverend Gene Vaught of the First Baptist Church of Ojai will conduct funeral services for Claude Earl (Babe) Lyle in the First Baptist Church of Taft, Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, Mr. Lyle died in a Ventura hospital January 14. Mr. Lyle was born in Britton, South Dakota, January 12, 1913 and was an employee of the Richfield Oil Company. He came to Taft in 1925. Mr. Lyle was an outstanding athlete at both Taft High School and College, where he participated in three sports-football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Valley championship team of 1930, and in 1931 guided the Wildcats to the CIF finals against Fresno High. Running the Ed Sewell coached eleven from the quarterback spot, the Wildcats beat both Bakersfield and Visalia to gain the Valley playoff spot. In Taft College, he reached even greater heights as a quarterback and led the Cougars through a successful season in 1932, with L.J. Kienholz as coach. Survivors include his widow, Estelle; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Lyle of Taft; a daughter, Claudette Hodgins, also of Taft; stepdaughter, Patricia Laughlin and a stepson, Robert Laughlin of Ojai; one sister, Eva Gruetzmacher, Anaheim, two brothers, Lewis, Avenal and Couvel R., Taft and other relatives. Interment will be in the Veterans’ Plot in West Side Cemetery.