Funeral services for William “Bill” Russell Lynam will be held Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Basin/Greybull LDS Chapel. Bill, 79, died Jan. 28 in Lovell.
He was born August 12, 1933, in Greybull, the son of Robert and Delberta Lynam. He grew up in Greybull with his sister and brothers. One of his most vivid memories was of hopping a train to Billings where he drove truck until they discovered he was only 15 years old.
Bill joined the United States Navy in 1950. He served on the USS Balduck as a signalman.
Bill married Kay LaPrile Winkler June 1, 1956, in the Burlington LDS Chapel; they were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
They began their married life living in a tent at Shell Reservoir where Bill helped construct the Shell Reservoir Dam. He also helped build South Big Horn Hospital. He was a heavy equipment operator and ran scrapers and graders for the bentonite plants for more than 20 years.
He later drove heavy equipment for Big Horn County Road and Bridge.
Bill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed camping at Shell Reservoir, hunting, fishing, hosting hayrides and mud fights in the canal with his grandchildren.
Bill moved to Lovell where he could be closer to his wife, Kay, who lives in the New Horizon’s Care Center.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers “Diz” Lynam, Joe Castro and Tom Castro, and two granddaughters, Baylee Dickinson and Cassie Croft.
He is survived by his wife Kay of Lovell; four children and their spouses, Vicki Croft of Lovell, Larry and Connie Lynam Dickinson of Thermopolis, Robert and Heather Lynam of Morgan, Utah, and Kurt and Kim Lynam Acton of Cody; his sister, Leota Harkins of Casper; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Mount View Cemetery in Basin.