Prayers Most Welcome

This is the hardest blog I have ever had to write and one of the toughest things I have ever had to announce.

There is really no way to make bad news any better than it is, so I will just tell you. Our dear friend and USGlass magazine columnist Lyle Hill has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He knew something was wrong because, in less than seven weeks, a small nodule inside his left cheek had grown into a large mass upon the left side of his neck. Luckily, he was on it right away and had sought diagnosis and treatment early.

It is a very fast-growing and aggressive form of non-hodgkins lymphoma. As with most things, there is some good and some bad news. The good news is, even though it’s fast growing, the type of lymphoma Lyle has responds extremely well to chemotherapy and he has an excellent prognosis to be totally cured. The bad news is that it requires a very, very intensive protocol of chemotherapy. He began that on Saturday and he will also be hospitalized on and off for chemo treatments over the next few weeks. He expects to be home from the first one sometime mid-week.

Lyle and his oldest grandchild Jack, looking for gold last week.

Lyle and his oldest grandchild Jake, looking for gold last week.

Lyle is still Lyle. Just last week, he went gold prospecting with his grandson and, despite our repeated protestations, has continued to handle a number of items for us right up to entering the hospital. And he has kept his very unique point of view. “I am beginning an aggressive chemotherapy program to fight back against a very aggressive cancer (lymphoma) blob that has taken up residence in my neck,” he says. “Not pretty and not fun either. This means I will be out of circulation for the next several weeks, but plan on coming back stronger than ever …”

The only reason I am in business today is because of Lyle Hill. He gave me the encouragement and confidence to try and buy USGlass many years ago and he helped me navigate through the entire process. He is a great business mentor and friend. I hold no one in higher regard than I do Lyle. That many others in the industry would say the same doesn’t surprise me at all.

What he needs most now is prayers. Please pray for his speedy recovery and please keep him, his wife Sandi, and their children and grandchildren in your prayers. If you would like to send a card, you can do so to his home at:
54 Windsor Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523

or you can e-mail but understand if you don’t hear back from him immediately.

The plan right now is to use his blog at on Wednesdays for short weekly notes on his progress and to hope he is back to things like taking on the post office… railing against industry surcharges… and gold prospecting, real soon.

Thank you.



11 Responses to “Prayers Most Welcome”

  1. Diana Bernal says:

    This is such sad news. Cancer sucks! I hope for a speedy recovery and I am glad he found it early enough to treat it. Prayers to Lyle and family.

  2. Deb Levy says:

    Thanks Diana. I am sure Lyle and his family will appreciate your prayers more than you could know.

  3. We think the world of Lyle Hill and it’s hard to decide where to start in listing the reasons why. Maybe it’s the dose of sanity that pops up in his midweek blog. Perhaps in his all around good humor. Certainly, it’s his punditry and bonhomie (he’ll love those words). We’re pulling for you Lyle with everything we got. And we know you’re giving it your all. Best wishes for a speedy recover from all over the world of Guardian!

  4. Dan Shields says:

    Thoughts and Prayers are on the way. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!
    Lyle is an amazing person and I am sure his fight is stronger than the Cancer!

  5. Frank Dupre says:

    Don’t know anyone that I respect more. Praying for you my man. One of my best friends has beat this horrible cancer so keep your head up and do what your doctors tell you. Can’t wait till you get back to your regular routine.

  6. I am so saddened to hear this news! Many prayers for Lyle and all who will help him during this difficult time.

  7. John Rovi says:

    One of the most humbling ways to really put life in prospective is when you hear the word cancer from your doctor. Deb, thank you for the update about Lyle in your blog. God test us all in many ways and it sounds like Lyle has a positive outlook which will be needed to handle this challange. Prospecting for gold with his grandson… Looks to me like he’s allready found his tresures! Lyle, I’ll add you to my prayer list-take care.

  8. Deb Levy says:

    John, thank you. I heard from Lyle that he has gotten tons of emails since yesterday and that they have been great for his spirit, so I hope people will continue to reach out to him. I am sure he appreciates your thoughts and prayers.

  9. Curt Knudson says:

    As one of his long-time avid readers, I was shocked to read of his diagnosis. One of the nicest, humorous gents of all time in the industry.

    Like thousands of his fans, I will be praying for Lyle. The agressive treatment regime he is facing will test his mettle. He will beat this
    awful disease!! He’s Irish you know.

  10. Craig Boller says:


    I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve need reading everything Lyle has written for at least the past twelve years. I still have “The Laws of Contract Glazing” over my desk.

    Please let Kyle know we will be praying for him and to be brave…

  11. Deb Levy says:

    thanks Craig and Kurt. I am sure Lyle appreciates your comments.

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