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Martin Mortuary

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO

OBITUARY

Lyle "Butch" Eugene Bennett

March 17, 1942July 19, 2020
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On Sunday July 19, 2020 Lyle Eugene Bennett a loving father and friend lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at Hopewest in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Lyle was born on March 17, 1942 to Harry and Dorothy Bennett in Fall Creek. He received his Biology degree at Western State College and began his career as a Game Warden on July 1, 1966, he retired after serving 32 years with the Division of Wildlife. He married Sue Heldman and they raised two children Tammy Kinney and Matt Bennett on a small ranch in Norwood. He then remarried Wanda Gabardi and was a stepfather to Joe Gabardi, Lee Gabardi, Shane Gabardi and Kerry Griffith. Lyle and Wanda lived out their life on a small acreage in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Lyle had a passion for horses, hunting and fishing. He always had a good eye and a deep love for horses whether they were racing or roping. Fishing ran deep in his soul and could reel them in big or small, with or without worms and have the stories to go along side. He also was known for his quick wit and wicked sense of humor. He also loved to have fun, which was evident in his infectious smile and his kind spirit.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda, and his sister Phyllis Joseph. He is survived by his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nephews and his dog “Bear”.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

Memories

Lyle "Butch" Eugene Bennett

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Pat Vannest

August 12, 2020

Elmer and I (and our whole family) loved Lyle and his family like they were our family, not just friends. We spent a lot of time together hunting, riding horses, eating dinners together, playing cards and going on a picnic or two. Lyle liked to have fun and at the same time respected others, having a special way about him that was always true and honest. Elmer passed away October 2009, and as much as he’s been missed down here, I’m certain he was all grins when Lyle arrived in Heaven for his great reunion! May they both Rest In Peace and enjoy all who have gone before them. We have wonderful memories to hold on to. Sending love and prayers to the family. May God bless ❤️🙏🏼

Ron Velarde

July 26, 2020

I first met Lyle as a rookie trainee working for the Colorado Division of Wildlife on one of my first assignments in the field. Spending 5 days with Lyle and Ron Arant was one of the best assignments I had. We laughed a bunch, looked for arrowheads, played poker and oh by the way we did check a few hunters. I always admired Lyle for the way he talked to people and the respect sportsmen had for him anytime we made contacts in the field. It was a learning experience that I carried for the rest of my career. I will miss his smile and wit. My thoughts and prayers are with Lyle and his family

Boyd Collins

July 25, 2020

Lyle & I were inseparable in our days of youth we stayed at each other’s homes often I lived at top of Norwood hill @ Lyle & l would ride our horses through Pete & Dora Spores out on San Miguel canyon & ride Hunt & sight see we would pick up Ben Severs & enjoy Mthe day Lyle & I would ride our horses from my house to Norwood to see a Movie tie up horses behind theater we would be early so we could pick & eat Rasberries out of Mayor Odle’s patch Movie over we would ride 3 1/2 miles home Lyle & I poached a Big Buck deer & hung it up in a small shed next to Herrecks apartments Bob Mangues Game Warden & his dog came by & stopped at the apartments & talked to them while the Dog sniffed around the shed Bob did the talking called his Dog & drove off we were very spooked then later years Lyle became the Game Warden I joined Army & went to Vietnam Lots Of Memories Of long ago Rest In Peace My FRIEND

Judy Stone

July 25, 2020

Lyle has always been so important to us. My last memory with him was holding his face in my hands and telling him Jesus loves him. I loved him.
So thankful for his devoted daughter Tammy and granddaughter Madi for taking such great care of him for so long.

Wayne & Louann Collins

July 24, 2020

A good man and a good friend. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Patricia Wilcox

July 24, 2020

What an amazing man. He will be greatly missed. Prayers and love to the family.

Fred Tunks

July 24, 2020

Lyle was without a doubt the best game warden in the area. While he was bound by law to do his job he knew the difference between someone struggling financially and hunting out of season to put food on the table for their family and someone just taking advantage of the law. The West End of Colorado will definitely miss him

Laurie Stephens

July 23, 2020

Lyle had this neat smile at the corner of his mouth that made you wonder what he was going to tease you with or chuckle about. Surely one of the best people for your sons to look up to and honor. We moms appreciate that. Lyle caught me and my friend out several times after big game season. Asked me if we were still hunting. Nope, just ran out of film. HAHA. His smile and sense of humor AND his willingness to help guide the young'uns were a considerable asset in his bank. Thanks Lyle. Wishing great peace to his children in knowing that Lyle was a great person to have in ALL of our lives. Laurie (one of those appreciative moms)

Ed Thomson

July 23, 2020

You hounded me when I was hunting for my entire youth. As I became an adult, I understood you and respected you. May you rest in peace WL382.

Darin Noble

July 22, 2020

There is not a memory from Norwood that does not have Lyle Bennett in it. I remember a summer at O.A. Greager we had some Scout hikers that were a little over due coming back from climbing Lone Cone all it took was a call to Lyle who dropped everything and drove around Lone Cone looking for over due hikers he and I drove around in the dark to finally finding backpacks in the road. Thanks to Lyle those scouts have a story to tell their grand Kids. Thanks for teaching a town full of kids hunters safety.

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