Lyle Monnett, part time Associate Chaplain at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, received the hospital's Superstar Award at a special ceremony in the cafeteria in October. The award is given quarterly to a hospital employee who has performed exceptional acts of service which have had a positive impact on patients.
Lyle was nominated by Emergency Room R.N.s, R. Sproul and F. Reynolds. Sproul wrote in her nomination letter that there was a "death in the ER. The Chaplain on call was not available. Rev. Monnett responded immediately as he has done on numerous occasions."
Lyle provided support and comfort to multiple family members of the deceased. They were all from out of town and had no familiar support system quickly available to them.
The 72-year-old 1950 graduate of Cloverdale High School served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Allison's in Indianapolis after 30 years then worked part-time as a custodian at the First Christian Church. He also was employed by Moore Funeral Home for more than 20 years.
After his retirement from Allison's, Lyle had a prison ministry at the Terre Haute Federal prison, the Putnamville Penitentiary and the Clay County Jail while working on a degree for the ministry. Lyle received his theology degree from Liberty Baptist College, Lynchburg, Va., in 1987. He continued studies at the Trinity Theological Seminary in Southern Indiana.
Ordained in the First Christian Church of Brazil in 1988, Lyle was hired by that church as an Associate Pastor soon after ordination. He retired from the First Christian Church in 1998 but kept busy with the Lord's work by helping other ministers to fill the pulpit during vacations, illnesses or other emergencies.
Called to Otter Creek Christian Church in 1999, where he still serves, Lyle was appointed Chaplain of Clay County Hospital in 1998 by the Brazil Area Ministerial Association. He now serves as Assistant Chaplain for St. Vincent Clay Hospital where he is available to visit patients and help them in many ways. He is also on call and is available to the hospital in times of emergencies.
Lyle and his wife, Helen, have two daughters. Lyla Beth Schmidt resides in Danville, Ind., and Lisa Kleiber lives in Brazil. They have three grandchildren; Elle and Carson Kleiber and Sammy Garlits.
More than 50 family members, friends, co-workers and church family were on hand when Lyle received his Superstar Award. He was asked how he felt about getting the honor. "I appreciate this. I'm not worthy. It humbles me. And it scares me," Lyle said as he looked at his wife with a little boy grin. "It scares me what can be kept from you. I really appreciate this."