Roger Allen Lyons

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Roger Allen Lyons

LONGVIEW, WA: Our beloved grandfather, dad and husband, Roger Allen Lyons, passed away peacefully due to respiratory complications at 3:35am Monday, August 26, 2013 with his loving family surrounding him.

He had just returned from a long and fun-filled army reunion (in Florida) and family vacation (in Ohio) and was feeling good and full of life during this time. We thank God for a life-well-lived and many, many happy memories.

Roger was born on April 28, 1947, to Thomas Donald and Harriet Lyons in Bucyrus, Ohio, the ninth of ten children and was raised on the family farm. He served in Vietnam from 1967-68, earning a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He returned to the states and worked in local factories, eventually become a salesman. He and Jennie Wagner were married on July 4, 1970. While their two boys were young they lived in Bucyrus and Marysville, TN before transferring with a job promotion to Midvale, Utah in 1977.

Roger loved camping, hunting, fishing and three-wheeling (back when those were legal) with his family. He excelled at encouraging his sons in sports, school and their faith, but wasn't the biggest challenge on the basketball court given the fact that he was 5'6". He relished cherry pie, limburger cheese and fried bologna sandwiches, a competitive pinochle game, golfing, being a member of the Elks, hanging with the "Rusty Zipper Club," and enjoying the view of the Wasatch Mountains from the back deck of his house.

Since his retirement, he has reconnected with former army buddies from the Big Red One and has participated with these wonderful friends in several Army reunions. He and his vet buddies have received a great deal of healing from these connections.

Roger is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jennie Lyons of Sandy; sons: Chris of Longview, WA and Tom of Berkeley, CA; grandchildren: Isabella, Katie, Nikki and Joey; as well as daughter, Tanya Robson of Marion, OH; grandchildren: Josh, Jessica, Charlee; great-grandchildren: Autymn, Michael, Koden, Tristen and Grayson. He is also survived by his siblings: Rich, Lois, Joyce, Ray, Charlie and Sandy.

Roger is preceded in death by his father, TD Lyons; mother, Harriet Lyons; siblings: Margaret, Bob and Glen.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sulfur Springs, Ohio on Saturday, June 28th at 11am, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project , , or .
Published in the Telegraph-Forum on June 26, 2014
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