Max Vance Lyles, 78, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at home on Nov. 10, 2022. He grew up in Carrollton, Kentucky, was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and earned his master’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University. He started his career as a math teacher and went on to become an editor of math textbooks, spending many years working for Laidlaw and Scott Foresman. He had a passion for travel, gardening and was a gifted artist who annually designed his own Christmas cards.
Max was the son of the late Palmore and Pauline Vance Lyles; brother of the late Billy R. Lyles; uncle to Patrick Todd (Becky) and Christopher (Becky) Lyles and his niece Lee Ann Yager (Paul); great-uncle to Mackenzie Lyles, Zachary Vance Lyles (Nicole), Heather Goupil (Brett), and his great-great niece Stella Lee Goupil; and cousin of Rickie, Kathie, Nancy and Paula.
He will be missed by his many friends, including his close friend, Richard Majko.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2023 at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield in Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. (www.lbfechicago.org), 355 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607.