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SIGFRED LYSNE

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SIGFRED G. LYSNE passed away peacefully on July 4, 2013, the same calendar day he met his wife of 68 years, Gwenn Orth, in Vero Beach. Born November 25, 1918, in Pekin, ND. Sig went on to graduate from Concordia College, Moorehead, MN. After graduation he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Hancock as a fighter pilot. Sig had over 70 missions and downed two enemy Japanese planes, along with the strafing of many land targets. He was truly a WWII war hero and was awarded several medals and honors for his service. While training in Vero Beach he met and later married Gwenn Orth. After completing his military service he returned to Vero. He bought an old Stearman biplane with his brother-in-law, William Orth, and they established Indian River Flying Service. Known as Old Hibiscus and now New Hibiscus Airport, they successfully ran a crop dusting service, along with mosquito control spraying. He was also a citrus grower and member of the Ocean Spray Growers Association. Sig was an FAA instructor and one of the first flight examiners in the state of Florida. All who crossed his path in flying said he was a terrific pilot and instructor. A man of few words, Sig was liked by many for his gentleness and kindness. He was truly a hard worker all of his life, and a faithful Christian.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwenn; two daughters, Dena (Dick) Rockey and Lynn (Mike) Williams; three grandchildren, Chris (Jessica) Rockey, Erin (Eddie) Kessler, Patrick Williams (fiancée Brianne Paschal); great grandchildren, Madison, Trevor, Kyndall, and Amelia Rockey. There will be a private family service at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Grace Lutheran Church, 1150 41st Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960. A guest book is available at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on July 17, 2013
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