Gary Lyles

Obituary
  • "Gary, a great friend from Purdue University. Still cant..."
    - Jowanna Peterson- St James
  • "I was a visited Your home, met Your Family... we spent..."
    - Gregory Washington
  • "Our family is completely devastated by the loss of not just..."
    - Andrew Doles
  • "A great mind; a great person; and a great friend has passed..."
    - Diane Harvey
  • "Prayer for Q Father, God of all consolation in Your..."
    - Miles D

Former Anchorage resident Gary R. Lyles, 51, lovingly known as Randy to close family and childhood friends, died after a sudden illness March 4, 2008, while working in Anchorage.
His family writes that he "remains alive and visible in the hearts of those who knew him as a consummate professional and world- traveled man of honor and dignity."
A memorial service was held March 25 in Houston, Texas.
Gary was born May 23, 1956, in Indiana. At the time of his death, he was a former resident of Houston who had been living in Anchorage since 1999. A 1974 graduate of Roosevelt High School, Gary earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. He traveled extensively to far-away destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Cyprus, Tokyo, Portugal, Switzerland and Cairo. While working for Saudi Petrochemical Co., he lived in Saudi Arabia for several years. Subsequently, he returned to Houston, living with his wife, Finis, and daughter Alise. Later, he moved to Anchorage, where he had worked for the past several years.
An avid reader, Gary enjoyed the writings of a variety of authors. His hobbies included stock market trading, listening to jazz and playing basketball. Already a talented pianist, Gary recently began taking jazz piano lessons in Alaska. Several months ago, he wrote a song for his daughter Alise. Among his favorite musicians were greats such as Buster Williams, Herbie Hancock, Nestor Torres, Wayne Shorter, Ahmad Jamal and Stevie Wonder.
His father, Robert Lyles, preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2006.
Besides his wife and daughter, loving survivors include his mother, Mary Lyles of Merrillville, Ind.; brothers, Wayne (Catherine) Jenkins of Butler, Ga., and Ronald (Felecia) Lyles of Gary, Ind.; sisters, Barbara (William) Foster of Olympia Fields, Ill., and Dr. Betty (Dexter) McDaniel of Arlington, Texas; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; and special lifelong friends, Ulysses Foreman, Phillip Jackson and Jessie Jenkins Harvey.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2008