Gary Lee Lyle
March 6th, 1957 – June 24th, 2022
Gary Lyle passed away suddenly in his home in Masontown, Pennsylvania on June 24th, 2022 with his wife by his side.
Gary was born in Washington, Pennsylvania to Donald (Mike) and Joann V. Lyle. He grew up in Taylorstown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from McGuffey High School in 1975. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in September of 1975 where he served until April of 1979. While in the Air Force, he served as Aircrew Life Support spending two years in Altus, Oklahoma, and finished his Air Force career in Lakenheath, England. He enjoyed teaching egress and survival skills to flight crews and he continued to share his knowledge and skills with young men through his work in the Boy Scouts of America.
Gary was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when he was seventeen where he met his future wife, Debra Lynn Fullgraf. They were married 2 years later in the Washington DC Temple for time and all eternity on May 14th, 1976. In May of this year, they rejoiced as they celebrated their 46th anniversary by attending the open house of the D.C. Temple with 2 of their grandchildren.
Gary was always eager to be of service in any capacity he could. While most of his church service was working with young men through the Boy Scouts of America, he also served as an Elder’s Quorum President, Sunday School Teacher, Ward Missionary, and Ministering Brother. When working in the off-campus housing office at California University of PA, he would spend many extra hours on the phone until every student had a place to stay. In the township he grew up in, he served as a township supervisor until his work required him to be out of town.
Learning was a lifelong priority for Gary. He took classes part-time while in the service and when working at the post office. He fully committed himself to completing his degree in 1988. While attending classes full time, he worked 2 part-time jobs, was active in the commuter council, worked in the scouting program, and still found time to attend church, visit his parents and in-laws each week as well as spend with his 4 children and his wife. Gary graduated from California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science and a Master of Arts degree in Geography and Regional Planning. He worked as a Cartographer where he drew maps for Fayette County’s 911 system, AT&T’s fiber optic lines, as well as oil pipelines.
Gary and Debra are the parents of four children, William Lyle, Elizabeth Lyle (Donna Theisen), Carrie Patterson (Neil Dorchak), and Gretchen Lyle (Brian Seuss). He was also the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, David Lyle, Phillip Patterson, Jacob Lyle, Savannah Lyle, Athena Theisen, Frederick Dorchak, and Daniel Lloyd. He is survived by his wife Debby, his children and grandchildren, his brother, Steven Michael Lyle from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Phillip, a younger sister, Darlene, his father, Donald (Mike), and his mother, Joann, as well as his sons-in-law, Dale Patterson, and Michael Moser.
Gary had many different jobs over the years and did whatever he needed to do to support his wife and family. Nothing was more important to Gary than serving the Lord, caring for his family, and serving his country.
A memorial will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 11 am at the National Cemetery of the Alleghanies 1158 Morgan Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017. To follow at noon the memorial will continue at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington Ward Building 525 Fairway St, Washington, PA 15301.
Arrangements are entrusted to Young Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. 219 Main Street, Claysville, PA 15323. (724) 663-7373 www.youngfhinc.com
In lieu of flowers the family asks to please share a memory with or of Gary on the funeral home website or Facebook