March 30, 2012
Lyle Richins died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. He was 88 years and 9 months old.
Lloyd Lyle Richins was born June 20, 1923, in Vernal, Utah, to Jesse Ritchins and Pearl Gurr Richins.
Lyle was raised and worked on the family farm and went to school in Vernal, Utah. He joined the U.S. Army on Jan. 12, 1944, and he served in the European Theater. He was discharged Dec. 19, 1945.
He moved to Leadville shortly after being discharged to work in the mines and met Dorothy Grace Rice.
They were married April 7, 1947, in Steamboat Springs. They moved to Bonanza, Utah, so Lyle could work as a gilsonite miner. Then it was on to Helper, Utah, to work as a coal miner. Then they moved to Craig, and Lyle worked at the gilsonight docks as an operator sacking gilsonite and loading it on railcars. He lived in Craig the remainder of his life.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing cards and bingo.
Lyle was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and was post commander for several years. He loved kids, animals and he was always easy going and never got upset about anything.
He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, three brothers, and six sisters.
He is survived by his brother-in-law, Marlo Bowthorpe, and his many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Vernal Memorial Garden in
Vernal, Utah. Pallbearers were Gary Shepard, Chuck Teters, Jimmy Smuin, Floyd Smuin, Darral Smuin and Ernest Buist.
Honorary Pallbearers were Marlo Bowthorpe, Richard Richins, Gary Rowley, Brad Winder and the rest of the family.