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Obituary: Wilcox, Lyle B.

Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

Age 93


Passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on January 13, 2014.

Born in Shelby, Montana on October 15, 1920, Lyle was one of seven children to parents, Mabel (Truhn) and Guy Wilcox.

Shortly after graduating in 1940 from Lindbergh High School in Valleyford, Washington, he relocated to Seattle and worked at various mechanic jobs until he volunteered for the service in 1942.

Lyle served his country in WWII under the 8th US Army Air Corps, 95th Bomb Group as a waist gunner/electrician on a B-17 bomber based at Horham Airfield in England.

Upon returning home, he and his brother, Bill, established Wilcox Brothers Excavating and he worked in that business until his retirement.

Lyle and his first wife, Laura (Crow) Curtiss, expanded their family with the birth of their three children: Duane Wilcox, Dawn Fay, and Dean Wilcox.

In later years, he married Dakotah Oxner (deceased) and the family grew with the addition of her three children: Gary Oxner, Vonnie Fergen, and Wayne Oxner.

Lyle is survived by his brother, Everett Wilcox (age 95), his six children and their spouses, thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one very new great-great grandchild!

Those fortunate enough to have known Lyle will remember the extraordinary man that enjoyed life to the fullest.

He was happiest while appreciating the simple joys in life; by spending time in the outdoors with his family and by spontaneously bursting into dance whenever the mood struck.

Lyle’s constant sunny disposition, his passion for life and loved ones, captivating blue eyes, infectious smile, and mischievous laughter will be lovingly missed and cherished deeply.

Visitation will take place from 9:00am to 10:30am on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00am that day at the same location with the burial following at Spokane Memorial Gardens.

Please join us for a reception after the cemetery service.


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