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Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA

OBITUARY

Lyle Armstead Dennis

January 31, 1931August 1, 2019
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Lyle A Dennis 88 1/2 years old passed away in the early hours of August 1, 2019 in Port Townsend, WA. Lyle was the fourth born child of Henry G Dennis and Louise A Dennis in a small town just outside of Antigo, WI. The Dennis family decided to move out west to Washington state to look for work. 1945 they arrived in Spokane, WA where Lyle's parents and family members moved into the Victory Heights area. His mother and father both found work at Grand Coulee dam. Lyle entered Lewis and Clark High School and attended there thru part of the 11th grade. While in school, he was befriended by "Lenny" Pinkerton which lead him to his future bride "Sue" Pinkerton. Lyle and Sue married July 14, 1949 and resided with family members in Victory Heights. His first child Dixie, was born on March 16, 1950. Determined, he worked various jobs to earn enough money to purchase a home for his new family. Finally getting full time employment with Kaiser, Mead works, he was able to purchase a new but unfinished home in the N 6200 block of Buffalo street. While working at Kaiser he spent most of his free time finishing the home he purchased. Lyle loved to party and always found time to have friends over for a "jam" session. Lyle loved to play guitar and sing while Sue played the accordion or piano and Dixie just learning the piano also joined in with the rest of his buddies with their guitars. Family and friends were the most important things in life for him. March 5, 1954 brought his second child, Larry. By this time Lyle had a new car and the house was still "under construction" but nearing completion. Early 1959 with lots of help from his friends, the house was completed and sold to move to a much larger home on W 2426 Mallon avenue. That home turned out to not be a good fit and moved in early 1960 to N 6008 Buffalo street which was brand new. 1962 Lyle and Sue opened the My Tavern at 522 W Sprague. 1965 Lyle and Sue divorced and the tavern changed hands between the 2 of them until Lyle traded the tavern for a small home in the Valley. Lyle opened the Backdoor Tavern in 1968 and sold it in 1973. Lyle remarried December 12, 1971 to Marcia Lamson (Johnson) and began raising a second family. Step children Dana Johnson (Moss), Bob Johnson and Lyle's grandchildren kept him busy fishing and working a new property near Elk, WA. Lyle and Marcia divorced in 1981. Lyle retired from Kaiser in 1983, with nearly 33 years of employment at 51 years old. He had purchased a second property after his divorce near Elk, WA and held many "jam" sessions and family reunions there. Around 1988 Lyle decided to move to the coast (Seqium) so he could do more salmon fishing. This started his property investing there. First 3 homes in Seqium and then 2 in Port Angeles. Fishing took a big downturn and frustrated Lyle. He purchased property in Bullhead, AZ around 2004 and set up a winter get away. January 4, 2006 Lyle suffered a life altering crisis. He had a brain hemorrhage resulting in paralysis of his right side and speech center damage. After months of rehab he was flown back to Port Angeles. Lyle remained in Port Angeles until July 12, 2019. He was diagnosed with obstructive esophageal cancer and congestive heart failure. He was then transported to Life Care Center in Port Townsend. After a 19 day battle, Lyle relented. Time to rest and meet old friends, fish and have a "jam" session... again. Lyle is preceded in death by Father Henry, Mother Louise, Brother Frank, David and Sister Hazel. Survived by, daughter Dixie Dennis Randock and husband Steve, son Larry Dennis, stepdaughter Dana Johnson Moss, stepson Bob Johnson, grandchildren Heidi, Daryl, Wendy, Landon, Amy, 14 Great-grandchildren and 5 Great-great-grandchildren. Lyle had so many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved and knew they loved him too, but there is not enough room to print. The family is asking in lieu of flowers, make a contribution to Shriner's in Lyle's name. Funeral Services will be at Ball & Dodd 5100 W Wellesley Spokane, WA. Monday August 12, 2019 at 11:00 am. Graveside Services will be 12:30 pm at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:00 am till 10:30 am August 12, 2019

  • FAMILY

  • Lyle is survived by his daughter Dixie Dennis Randock and husband Steve, son Larry Dennis, stepdaughter Dana Johnson Moss, stepson Bob Johnson, grandchildren Heidi, Daryl, Wendy, Landon, Amy, 14 Great-grandchildren and 5 Great-great-grandchildren. Lyle had so many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved and knew they loved him too, but there is not enough room to print.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Graveside Committal Monday, August 12, 2019

Memories

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Wendy Skaife

August 14, 2019

I love you grandpa.I am sorry I was not there at your funeral. I am sure you know already how I feel about you .I will miss you . You were always smiling ,every time I was lucky enough to see you.
always happy to see me.
I remember dancing with you at the
" hoe down"you danced I stood on your shoes .
I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.so much fun.
I will always miss you..

Dixie Randock

August 11, 2019

I was "Tootsie" to my daddy. His first born and only daughter. I loved my dad with all my heart and he loved me, and he told me every single day. One day a feral cat came to our home, and daddy took him in. He named him "Fagan" and he became a tame and loving pet to me, my first pet. Dad loved that cat. I remember that daddy always had a coin pouch which fascinated me. Every Friday when he got paid at Kaiser he gave me 50 cents, to me a fortune as my allowance. I usually bought black licorice, something dad and I both loved, bur one day he gave me a whole dollar, and I bought 100 licorice pipes! He and I laughed about that for years, lol! Daddy was my confidant my dearest friend, the one I could always count on, the man who truly loved his family and would do anything for us. We had so many good times, parties, dancing, and playing instruments at jam sessions. One time, dad and I were in his car and we heard great song we loved and he pulled over to the side of the road and we danced in the headlights of the car. We always talked and smiled of that night, how fun and full of life we were! My dad was a good man, a loving dad to me and my brother. He loved my husband Steve too, and they shared so many good times. He loved my children...He was there the day my twins (his first grandchildren) were born, and for my youngest daughter and he loved all his grand kids, and great grandchildren and now great great grandchildren. I will remember forever all the good times, and love my daddy forever.

Dana Moss

August 11, 2019

Dana Moss

August 11, 2019

Dana Moss

August 11, 2019

Lyle became my Dad 2 days before my 9th birthday. He was a kind and compassionate man and I am grateful he came into my life. We had some great family vacations...Death Valley in the middle of the summer is burned into my memory. My favorite vacation was Hawaii, I think we saw everything there was to see. He was a kind of animal whisperer. He was able to get my horse into a trailer that 4 adults had tried unsuccessfully for 2 hours to load. He just walked up to her, took hold of her halter, said “ come on Sweetheart “ and they walked right in. I am so grateful that he gave his heart to Jesus after he had his stroke. I look foreword to seeing him again in heaven ❤️

karen buck

August 7, 2019

uncle lyle and dixie and gary were the only people at my wedding when his nephew richard and i were married .we spent many holidays ,reunions and picnics with lyle.loved spending time with his family.

Karen Holzer

August 6, 2019

Such fond memories of my Father in Law Lyle! I have known him since the mid 60's, he was quite a character. I remember as a teen leaving home one night with him, his lady friend and my then boyfriend (his son) Larry. We all went driving in his cool red car to Walla Walla to pick up his brother Dave from "the pen."
His hair was always perfect until a few drinks and then the front strands slowly fell on his forehead.
Lyle helped us so much when Larry & I were first married. We were young, not much money and just starting out. He purchased for us our matching wedding bands from Valu Mart. He also helped is get into our home on Buffalo St.
I'll always hold a special place in my heart for "my dad" and will remember him with love❤
Karen

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