Lyle Sheets


(Oct. 16, 2003)

Lyle W. Sheets died Thursday evening, Oct. 16, at the Powell Nursing Home. His wife Irene preceded him in death exactly four years earlier Oct. 16, 1999.

Lyle was the last of the original Sheets family that moved to the Powell valley from Missouri in the spring of 1909.

He was born in Powell on Aug. 22, 1909, the son of Charles and Maggie Sheets. He was the seventh of eight children.

Lyle was raised in Powell and attended Powell schools. He married Irene Burns July 28, 1927 in Red Lodge. They had three children, Jo Ann Gormley of Powell, Lloyd (Hope) Sheets of Cody, and Jacky Sheets (who died at two months).

They lived in Powell until 1941, when they moved to the Emblem Bench to farm with his brother Lester.

Lyle and Irene moved to Greybull for a few years and then to Worland, where they resided until his retirement from Unical Oil Co. in 1972.

They returned to Powell after his retirement.

Lyle's life centered around music. When he was a young man, he played in dance bands for many years. He treasured family sing-alongs at his daughter Jo Ann's home. He loved the mountains, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his children Jo Ann Gormley of Powell and Lloyd (Hope) Sheets of Cody; seven grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.