(12/28/13) A well known Melrose man of many talents has died.
Lyle Rommel died Thursday. He was well-known in the area as a farmer, an electrician, and plumber. But he might be most well-known for creating the L & M Chuckwagon Café in 1988 with his wife, "Mardie," which also included his L & M Chuckwagon that provided lunch to numerous area auctions as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner for many years at the Jackson County Fair. He helped to put the L & M Café on the map with plate sized pancakes, the infamous "Poorman's Breakfast" deal, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, brunch, and dinner buffets. Civic involvement was important to Rommel and he served in many community organizations including a past Chairman of the Melrose Town Board. Rommel was 90 years old. His funeral is scheduled for Monday. Therefore, the L & M Café will be closing Monday at noon.