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LESTER LYMAN

Obituary
  • "Mr. Lyman was the BEST BOSS I ever had! He hired me at 18..."
  • "My love and prayers are with you and Lester's droll humor..."
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult..."
    - Rita Jenkins George
  • "Sorry for your loss, He was a great man."
    - David Gallentine
  • "Nedra, there are no words to express the depth of our..."
    - George & Andree Lowry

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Lester Lyman, born in Daytona Beach, Florida on July 25, 1922 passed away at Florida Hospital Hospice Care at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical in Daytona Beach, Florida on July 29, 2013 with his family by his side. A fourth generation Daytonian, he was the son of the late Lyle and Emma Dittman Lyman. As a child then known by his nickname "Sonny", he could be seen riding his bicycle all over the area exploring. In later life he had a vast knowledge of Old Daytona. His Grandfather owned one of the first grocery stores in the area, located on Orange Avenue. In the 1930's his father owned an auto repair garage on Marion Street. As a young boy, his whole family would pack up fishing and camping gear and spending the summer in Yellowstone. After graduating Mainland High School in 1940, he worked as an auto mechanic and went to Volusia County Vocational School at nights where he studied Aircraft Mechanics. He then joined the Air Force in 1942 to 1946 where he was an Air Force Mechanic and Flight Engineer on B24 and B29 aircraft. After leaving the Air Force, his love of auto and flight mechanics led his to racing on the old beach course in his "6-7/8", and flying his piper cub the "Blue Beetle". He was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol. In the early 1950's he worked extensively overseas for Raymond International. First in Columbia, South America, building part of the Pan America Highway working as Superintendent. In the 1960"s, he supervised work in Suda, Liberia, and Libya, building railroads and 180 miles of highway. After returning to Daytona Beach, he began work with Volusia County in the Office of the County Engineer in 1967. He worked as Inspector of county roads, bridges, and drainage. He later was Supervisor of Vehicle Maintenance for five years. He worked as Inspector of right-of-way, utilities, driveways, and culvert construction, before retiring in 1990, after 23 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed fishing and camping. He had many tales about these trips, some of them might have been embellished a little. He traveled with his wife to Europe, Alaska, and many parts of the United States and Canada. Many of their summers and falls were spent in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 41 years, Nedra Benedict Lyman and daughter, Frances Lyman. His sense of humor, storytelling, and kindness will be missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Florida Hospital Hospice Care, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, 9th Floor, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32117. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a future date. Condolences can be shared at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com



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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 30, 2013
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