Representative Charles Vernon Lisle View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/29/1982
Birth Place: Clarinda, IA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 60 (1963) - 63 (1969)
House: 53 (1949) - 59 (1961)
Home County: Page
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Charles Vernon Lisle
Page County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Vern Lisle, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Vern Lisle was born at the family home in Clarinda in Page County, October 1, 1906, to Edwin Lisle, Sr. and Edith Crane Lisle. Mr. Lisle was married to Dorothy Schwimmer, in 1929. They had two children, Ed. S., who died in 1977, and Charles V. Lisle, Jr. Senator Lisle passed away April 29, 1982.

After attending the Clarinda schools, Mr. Lisle attended the University of Iowa and was graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He was president of Lisle Corporation, a manufacturing firm, from 1937 until 1970 as the third generation president of the local corporation, succeeding his father, Edwin Lisle, Sr.

Mr. Lisle was active in community affairs and also was a three-term member of the Clarinda School Board in the 1940s. He was a strong advocate of the junior college program throughout his entire life. He was a three-time winner of the Clarinda Men’s Open Golf title and had a strong interest in aviation, holding a commercial and instrument rating pilot’s license.

Mr. Lisle was a member of the Clarinda United Methodist Church, the Nodaway Masonic Lodge and many other organizations. He had served on the board of directors of the Iowans for Right to Work and was an officer of the Iowa Manufacturers Association.

Senator Lisle served in the Iowa legislature for eleven sessions, including one term as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House in 1949 to serve in the 53rd General Assembly, and then served in the 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th General Assemblies. He was Speaker Pro Tem in the 57th General Assembly, before being elected Speaker of the House during the 58th General Assembly (1949-1962). Mr. Lisle also served three terms in the Senate during the 60th, 61st, 62nd, and 63rd General Assemblies (1963-1970).

He is also survived by his wife, Anabel Cole Lisle, of Clarinda; one son, Charles V. Lisle, Jr. of Clarinda; a brother, Edwin of Clarinda; and sisters, Helen Greenlee of Boulder, Colorado, and Marcia Postlewaite of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Seventieth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Charles V. Lisle, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to his community, state and nation and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be entered into the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to each member of Mr. Lisle’s family.