Wilbur Thomas Coyle
Wilbur (Bill) Coyle was born in Pueblo, Colorado on October 3, 1924. He spent his childhood in Denver and had fond memories of street cars and city parks while growing up with his extended family near downtown. He graduated from North High School in 1943, and immediately joined the Seabees, where he was shipped directly to the Pacific Theater and Tarawa, Kwajalein, and Okinawa. After discharge from the Navy in March of 1946, he continued his previous involvement with the Youth Fellowship at Trinity Methodist Church, where he met the love of his life, Ella Belle Harris. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1949.
Wilbur’s first job as a young man was with the CB&Q Railroad and trains continued to be a passion of his throughout his life. He collected Lionel trains and took his family on many wonderful vacations across the country by train, with a highlight being their trip on the California Zephyr. Wilbur and Ella Belle bought a cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park where the family enjoyed summers filled with picnics and games of horseshoes. Wilbur was an avid photographer and enjoyed his iris garden while his girls were growing up in Denver.
His work as a civil engineer took him from Denver to Washington, D.C. where he accepted a position with the Department of Energy in the Division of Conservation and Solar Energy. He retired from the federal government in 1979, and worked for another 10 years with the Weld County Schools before retiring to Estes Park, Colorado. Wilbur loved the mountains, and volunteered with the forest service and the VIP Program of Rocky Mountain National Park during his retirement.
Wilbur loved his life, his wife, and his girls. He was the husband every woman wishes she had and the father other children dream of. He is survived by his wife, Ella Belle Coyle, his daughters Linda Coyle Sims, Muriel de Ganahl and her husband Clay de Ganahl, as well as grandchildren Amy Coulson, Natasha Ryan, Jessica Herstek and her husband Mark Herstek, Claire Sims, Christopher Sims, Kate Sims and great-grandsons Josiah Coulson and Maximus Herstek. He was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Maureen Karr. We all thank him for a life well lived.