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George Wallace "Wally Lyon

October 25, 1934 - December 22, 2012

SISTERS - George Wallace "Wally" Lyon, 78, of Sisters, also known as "Jupe" to those close to him, passed away at the Hospice House in Bend Saturday, December 22, 2012, after a brief illness.

He was born in Portland October 25, 1934, the son of George William Lyon and Norma Frances Fish. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1952 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for eight years, while working for the family business, Lyon Construction Company in Portland. He worked for many years at Portland General Electric, where he started out as a meter reader in 1955 and advanced to District Manager of PGE in Woodburn, where he retired in 1991.

Before moving to Sisters, he lived in Hillsboro, Woodburn, Aurora and Salem. While in Hillsboro, he was active in many community projects and coached sports for CYO for 13 years. Although he rarely started with star players, he was known for having winning teams by bringing the best out of the players on his team. He was also active in the Elks Club, the Rotary Club, the Jaycees and, in Woodburn, the Chamber of Commerce, for which he was a past president of the Board of Directors. Ever civically active, after retirement, he volunteered as a chamber doorman during several sessions of the Oregon Legislature.

Lyon loved fishing, camping and travel. He enjoyed horses and was an accomplished roper and rider. He also loved baseball, for which he would travel south in his RV each year to catch spring training, and the Oregon Ducks. He particularly loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gwen Wassom, whom he married in 2002; son George Lyon and his wife, Anna, of Wayne, Maine; son Anthony Lyon of Sherwood; daughter Kristina Lyon of Tigard; grandson Joel WH Lyon of Jamaica Plain, Boston, and granddaughter Katie Lyon of Brighton, Massachusetts; stepson Kevin Hoffman of Redmond, Oregon, step-daughter Kimberly O'Hair of Gardenville, NV, eight step-grandchildren, four step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Cecile Kraft, to whom he was married from 1955 until her death in 1999, and their son Joel E. Lyon in 1977.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to join them in supporting the God-sent work of the Hospice House in Bend or the of Oregon Portland Chapter.

A service celebrating his life will be held in the spring.

Autumn Funerals has been entrusted with arrangements.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 6, 2013
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