Lyle Vernon Moncur
Lyle Vernon Moncur, of Hurricane, UT, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in St George, Utah. He was born on December 11, 1928, in Lovell, Wyoming. He was the oldest of four sons born to Vernon Wilder Moncur and Hazel Afton Goodrich. He was married to Sue Tebbs on June 30, 1947, in Billings, Montana.
Lyle was raised in Lovell, Wyoming where he participated in all of the work associated with life on the family farm. He helped with the animals, hoed the sugar beets, harvested the alfalfa, and took his turns with the irrigation water. Life required hard work, but after the chores were done there was fun to be had and adventures to enjoy. Life was good.
Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing baseball. His favorite class in high school was shop and his favorite teacher was the 4H instructor, Mr. Spence. Lyle also played the saxophone in the school band. His parents bought a school bus to help get the children in the country to school and at a young age, Lyle was designated to be the bus driver. He would have rather played sports but he drove the bus. And, though it at times created trouble for him, he occasionally took the bus to go "a courting" in Cowley.
After his marriage to Sue, Lyle went to work for his father in the Shoshone LP Gas business. While living in Cody and Powell two sons were born. Lyle supplemented their income by playing in the Carroll Whalen Dance Band on the weekends. The young family moved to Lewistown, Montana in 1953 where they expanded the gas business into The Lewistown LP Gas Company. Most of their lives were spent in Lewistown and three daughters were born to them there. Lyle was active in the Eagles and the JC's. He helped to bring the Western Invitational Basketball Tournament to Lewistown. He was an avid bowler and for fun he and Sue and the boys would race go-carts. He continued to return to Wyoming to hunt and fish but on some days he would just drop a line in Spring Creek behind the shop and catch a few fish for supper. He enjoyed boating during the summers on Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena, Montana, and later on the Inland Passage near Campbell River, British Colombia. All of the skills he learned as a young man sustained him through his life and career in the family business. Lyle was smart. He was a hard worker and a good businessman. He loved to get the best deal possible and he could drive a hard bargain. As his business grew, he began soil testing and selling fertilizer to the farmers of Central Montana. The growth of the business led him to organize Moncur Trucking as a more efficient way to bring product to sell.
Lyle and Sue retired and moved to Hurricane, Utah to be near family. Lyle made a few friends, invested in 4-wheelers, and began to explore the red hills of Southern Utah. He would always miss his friends in Montana and Wyoming but he was glad to be near his daughters as his health failed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Tebbs Moncur, two sons, David T. Moncur, and Kenneth Lyle Moncur, a brother, Don Joseph "Pete Moncur, a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Lalani Raleigh Moncur, and four grandchildren, Cicely Kathleen, Ty Chandler, Jason Brett, and Chelsea Christine Moncur. He is survived by his three daughters, Colleen M. (Scott) Colton, Connie Sue (Shane) Roberts, and Nancy Kathleen (Lynn) Richins, brothers, Robert Merrill Moncur and Max Goodrich Moncur, 15 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren. Two more will be born in 2014.
There will be no services held at this time. Graveside services will be held in Lewistown, Montana in July 2014.
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. Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home, St. George, 986-9100.