MESA, Ariz. —
Lyle Walter Layman Sr., the third child of Leslie Oliver and Mildred (Scott) Layman, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz., after an extended illness.
Lyle was born on Aug. 23, 1925, in Cuba, N.Y., and attended school in the area. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on board ship during the end of World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Lyle married the former Gwen Learn (deceased), attended college in New York and the seminary in Illinois, and the couple had a son, Lyle Walter Jr.
Lyle Walter Sr. was ordained as a minister and served churches in New York and Pennsylvania until his marriage to Gwen ended.
Lyle then moved west, where he married the former Shirley Coon, and they settled in Ely, Nev., and raised two sons, Chester Leslie and Lenny Lyle. Lyle worked for several companies before joining the Nevada Department of Transportation, which he retired from in 1990 with 20 years of service.
After retirement, Lyle and Shirley traveled the country, square dancing for several years, before settling down in Mesa. Shirley was by Lyle’s side when he passed away and the couple would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in February.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Edith Layman and Dorothea Beckwith; brothers, Tom, Jim and Leslie Jr.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Erba Coon.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Lyle Walter Jr. and his wife, Helen, of Olean, N.Y., Chester Leslie and his wife, Lynn, of Belgrade, Mont., and Lenny Lyle and his wife, Penny, of Ft. Collins, Colo. He also spent joyful times with his seven grandchildren, Kelly, Karen, Kristin, Kaitlyn, Chester (CJ), Marina and Trey; and three great-grandchildren. Lyle is also survived by sisters, Juanita Learn and Naomi Fairchild; in-laws, the Coon family of Crawford County; and cousins.
At Lyle’s request, his remains were cremated and his sons and their families will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.