1924 - 2012
Paul Henry Lyne, was the last living of seven siblings born to Royal and Louise Klinges Lyne of Trucksville on February 28, 1924. He passed away on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 at the Meadow View Nursing Home in Montrose, Pa.
Paul attended Kingston Township High School.
With the encouragement of his music loving mentor, Major Edmund Camp, he became a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he lent a strong alto voice to the boys' choir. He also sang with the Lyric Boys' Chorus led by Alfred Camp, doing guest performances in such places as St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City and other local venues. In late years, he was a charter member of the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus in Tunkhannock, where he also sang bass with a quartet called "The Neighborhood Boys," entertaining far and wide.
Before his voice changed, the Lyric Boys' Chorus camped up river from Meshoppen at Myo Beach several summers and later he also accompanied his mentor, Major Camp, as they spent the summer months at the Hewitt Kintner Cottage, also at Myo Beach. During these visits, he helped neighboring farmers at haying and harvesting time and ultimately became a Dairy Herd Improvement Tester in the area.
Paul was drafted; received Basic Training at Camp Croft in South Carolina; shipped out along with some 14,999 others on the Queen Mary for Liverpool, England. He traveled by land and sea to LaHavre, France, where his unit, the 78th Lightning Division, headed on foot to Schmidt, Germany. From there, after encountering some serious fighting, they arrived at the Rhine River. Their unit was the first ordered to cross the river on the Remagen Bridge, which was under siege by the German Air Force. Most of the infantry men made it across safely, but as they made their way north from the bridge, they again encountered fierce fighting. At one point, he and several of his buddies took refuge in a very large old house, but were immediately besieged with German artillery fire, resulting in several fatalities among the group, and Paul was wounded. After being treated at a field hospital, he returned to England and ultimately back home aboard the hospital ship, Milnes.
He recovered after several surgeries and returned to Meshoppen, where he received an appointment to the Postal Service and carried mail on Rt. #2 for 32 years, retiring on November 15, 1980. During the '70s and '80s, he installed carpet for Ken Mar Home Furnishing.
Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Inez Roberts Lyne, just celebrating their anniversary on June 22. Together, they raised on a little dairy farm in Auburn Township, three children, Larry S. Lyne and his wife, Peggy Darling Lyne, of South Auburn, Pa. and sons, Derek of Lebanon, Pa. and Benjamin and his wife, LeeAnna Roberts Lyne, of Williamsport; Cris A. Wiswell and her husband Charles Wiswell of Tunkhannock, and daughters, Lisa of Arlington, VA and Sarah of Tunkhannock; Tim R. Lyne and his wife, Cathy Weiand Lyne, of Mechanicsburg, and sons, Daniel, of Hummelstown, Pa and Ethan and his wife, Elisha, and three children, Jehu, Hannah, and Jalon of Owensboro, Ky.
Paul was a sportsman, enjoying many popular television sporting programs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying hunting trips out west and many years of annual fishing trips to Canada with a group of special friends. He and Bunny took their family on many camping/fishing trips in various states as well as Canada. He was a 4-H Horse and Pony Leader; he worked with Scoutmaster Whitie Craige and the Boy Scouts; he was a Past Master of Franklin Lodge #263; F&AM, The Valley of Bloomsburg Consistory and the Irem Shrine.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Royal Lyne of Florida and Hedley Lyne formerly of Florida and recently of Mehoopany, and four sisters, Alberta Holcomb and Phyllis Powell, both of Florida; Ruth Hurley, of Maryland, and Dorothy Burns, of Texas.
Surviving, besides his wife and three children and their families, are Grace Mahler, sister-in-law, of Mass., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Paul's quick wit and "hail fellow, well met" demeanor endeared him to everyone. He gained much pleasure from the company of his family and many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 27 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tom Mott of the church officiating. Interment will be in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany. Graveside Military Services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Laceyville, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock, and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 VFW of Mehoopany. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Masonic Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. by the members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, PO Box 159, Church St., Meshoppen, PA. 18630 or the Franklin Lodge #263, PO Box 86, Laceyville, PA 18623.