MESA, Ariz. - Lyle Walter Layman Sr. passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Mesa, after an extended illness.
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Born Aug. 23, 1925, in Cuba, he was the third child of Leslie Oliver and Mildred Scott Layman.
Mr. Layman attended high school in the area, and, in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard ship until the end of World War II.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Layman married the former Gwendolyn Learn. Together they had one son, Lyle Walter Layman Jr.
Mr. Layman attended Houghton College and after graduation moved to Illinois and attended Northwest Seminary in Naperville. He was ordained as a minister and served churches in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania until his marriage to Gwen ended.
He 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. Mr. Layman worked for several companies before joining the Nevada Department of Transportation, from which he retired in 1990 after 20 years of service.
After retirement, Mr. Layman and Shirley traveled the country extensively in their RV for several years before settling down in Mesa.
He enjoyed square dancing, exploring the ghost towns of the West, and playing cards with friends and relatives.
Shirley was by his side when he passed away, and the couple would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in February.
Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Lyle (Helen) Layman Jr. of Olean, Chet (Lynn) Layman of Belgrade, Mont., and Lenny (Penny) Layman of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters, Junita Learn and Naomi Fairchild; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Edith Layman and Dorothea Beckwith; and three brothers, Tom, Jim and Leslie Jr.
At Mr. Layman's request, a celebration of his life will be private and held at a later date.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Feb. 7 to Mar. 7, 2013