Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Henry “Smokey” Lyle Memorial
Henry “Smokey” Lyle Memorial

Henry “Smokey” Lyle

Henry “Smokey” Lyle

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Henry “Smokey” Lyle, age 100, a longtime Skagit County resident, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. 

 He was born on January 1, 1912 along the banks of the Skagit River near Sedro-Woolley, the son of Sandy and Maggie (Williams) Lyle.   He was raised in Concrete and later attended Chemawa Boarding School in Oregon.

 Smokey began working in the woods as a teenager, working as a high rigger and faller for several logging companies around Skagit County.

 At the age of 30 he was drafted into the U.S. Army during WW II, serving his country in Belgium and Germany.  After the war he made his home in Yakima, WA, where in the late 1940’s he was united in marriage to Lorraine Hoptowit and Smokey worked as a vegetable and fruit farmer.  Lorraine passed away in the mid 1970’s and he then returned to Sedro-Woolley and worked as a commercial fisherman for several years.

 Smokey was a flirt and a ladies man, liked a good beer and read the P-I and watched the news to keep up with world events and politics.

    He was a member of the VFW and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.

    He is survived by his half-sister, Violet Fernando.  His nephew, Harlan Sam, Sr. and his wife Darlene; great nieces and nephews, Laura Sam, Elaine & Mark Niedeffer, Darlene & Tony Moses, Harlan Sam, Jr., Fox Sam, Sr., Barbara & Willie Bailey and Bonnie & Stanley George.  22 great-great niece and nephews, 17 great-great-great nieces and nephews and numerous other extended family.   He was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Lyle. 2 half-brothers, Willis & James Lyle and 3 half-sisters, Iola Lyle Wilson, Mariah Edwards and Lillian Lyle.

    A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM followed by a Funeral Service on Friday, October 19th at 10:00 AM at the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe Gymnasium in Sedro-Woolley.


  • Adrienne Craig Wilson

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Smokey. He was married to my aunt Lorene Hoptowit. I have never forgotten him, his smile and laugh. He and my parents John and Blanche Craig were very close. He was a hard worker, a good provider and always kind, although he could tease us and then laugh. I loved him. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Hal and Shirley Williams

    Our family has know Smokey for many, many years. He would often visit my grandparents, George and Alice Leggett and family, besides the Cuthbert’s in the upper valley. He always had a smile and good story to tell….We provided him a picture, which he was pleased to receive (Concrete High School Football Team of 1931). He was included on that team. He will be remembered by us, and we send our condolences to the family members.

    In Sincere Sympathy,
    Hal and Shirley (Davis) Williams

  • Merlene (Tom) Buller

    Though I didn’t get to know Smokey well, Dad (Wade) and Tom spoke of him frequently, fondly. One hundred years is a good long time to be a positive force in this world. Rest in pease, Smokey.

    Merlene (Tom) Buller