Lyle Donoven, of Lander, Wyoming, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at his home after being diagnosed with cancer in September.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, at Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander.
Lyle was born July 15, 1937, in Havre, Montana, the son of Jack Loyd Donoven and Beatrice Irene (Knutson). He was raised in the Kremlin area and graduated from Kremlin High School in 1956.
Lyle married Arlene Pursley in 1956, and together they raised two sons and two daughters. They later divorced.
Lyle worked as a farmer and rancher along the Hi-Line, living in the rural communities of Kremlin, Shelby, Turner, Malta and Whitewater.
In 1979 Lyle and Jane Anich moved to Lander, Wyoming, where Lyle began work in the oil fields. For several years he owned and operated his own water supply delivery business. Instead of retiring, Lyle returned to farm and ranch life by working for farmers in the Lander area. His family said he had many friends who met often at the Palimino Garage, and they enjoyed playing practical jokes on one another.
Survivors include Martha Jane Anich of Lander, older brother, Keith (Marlene) Donoven of Bozeman, Montana, and Jan (Doug) McElvany of Arlington, Texas; sons, Dennis (Joyce) Donoven of Kremlin, Montana, and Dale (Cheryl) Donoven of Trenton, North Dakota; grandchildren include Tanisha Cavanaugh, Deven Donoven, Darby Donoven, Desirae Stanford, Lyle Donoven (Kelcey), Nic (Lori) Donoven, Julia Donoven, and Rian (Kayla) Owens. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. Lyle's survivors also include Jane's children, Mary Lou, George (Mary) Anich and Philp (Debbie) Anich and their families.
Lyle was preceded in death by an infant son, Dallas; his father and mother; and his brother, Earl.