DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - Funeral services will be held in De Pere Friday for the founder of Lamers Bus Lines.
97-year-old Lyle Lamers died from natural causes last weekend at his home in De Pere.
If you’ve driven in Wisconsin for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly seen one of those white Lamers buses with the large red lettering – or perhaps a yellow Lamers school bus.
The company began in 1944 when Lyle’s brother-in-law sold him a school bus. Lyle was a dairy farmer at the time – and he and his wife continue to farm until the early 1970’s while growing their business.
Lamers is now Wisconsin’s largest locally-owned bus line. It has 29 branches in the Badger State and one in Florida. They provide trips to casinos and Packer games, shuttle rides to airports, trolley rides, and medical transportation.
Lyle’s son Allen Lamers is now the company president, and many Lamers family members still work for the firm.