Lyle H. Chaney


Lyle H. Chaney
January 23, 1923 - March 18, 2012

Lyle Harvey Chaney, 89, died March 18 at his home in Walla Walla of natural causes.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2012, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the funeral home. The graveside service for family and close friends will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place, Washington.

He was born at Myrtle Creek, Oregon, January 23, 1923, to Jesse and Pearl (Potter) Chaney.
He attended schools in the Myrtle Creek area and graduated from Myrtle Creek High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was awarded numerous
military honors, which included the American Asian Campaign medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three battle stars and the Purple Heart.

He married Kathleen Cleveland in 1954 at Myrtle Creek. The couple later divorced. In 1959 he met Alice I. May and the two were married April 9, 1960, at Myrtle Creek, and enjoyed over 51 years of marriage. He spent the majority of his working career in the logging industry.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports on TV, especially baseball and the Game Show Network. His hobbies included
bowling, yard sales, gunsmithing, collecting knives, reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards and board games. He spent several years as a volunteer at the Walla Walla Veterans Administration Hospital giving over 3,000 hours of service. He was a member of the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church, a lifetime member of the National Rifleman's Association
and a member of the Survivors of the U.S.S. Chincoteague.

He is survived by: his wife, Alice, of Walla Walla; a son, Robert L. (and Karrie) Chaney, Sr., of Myrtle Creek; three daughters Renee (and Scott) Powers of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Mona Ratzloff of John Day, Oregon, and Cindy Baker of Mount Vernon, Oregon; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Faye (and John) Schmidt of Toppenish, Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by: two brothers, Jack and Bill; and two sisters, Merle Forman an Opal Steen.

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