Leonard LeRoy Lyons (1911 - 2014)

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Leonard LeRoy Lyons, 103, 241 Shilah Avenue, Keystone Heights, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born in West Liberty, July 10, 1911, to the late Charles R. and Lela Dunlop Lyons. He was married to Alice Althea Johnston Lyons Dec. 23, 1933, on an unusually warm 68-degree day by the Rev. Roger H. Williams III (great-grandson of the preacher of New England revival fame). She preceded him in death April 18, 2004.
Leonard's boyhood life was farm life, fruits, vegetables, horses and other farm animals. He began working with his father in the building trade when he was 12 years old and became a cabinet maker and master carpenter. His teen years he built a number of airplanes, and that fascination led him to flight school where he received his wings. He applied to every branch of service but was rejected because of a heart valve problem. From 1937 to 1940 he worked in expanding factories for wartime production; from 1940 to 1953 he was a precision machinist and tool-maker for Vulcan Cleaner Corp.; from 1953 to 1958 he was employed by Sylvania Electric doing automatic tooling (no hands); and from 1958 to 1974 he was employed by Sperry Microwave as a tactical telemetry technician and worked on the Apollo guidance system. After retiring, he built two churches and a home for his daughter, Linda, in Hendersonville, N.C.
He was of Baptist faith and helped formalize four churches. Leonard was a member of First Baptist Church in Hampton, Fla.
He could build or repair anything (he rebuilt a clock the last two days of his life) and unselfishly helped family and neighbors with home and car repairs. He had a brilliant mind (especially in math), a fantastic sense of humor, loved gardening, playing guitar and singing, and thoroughly enjoyed life. Most of all he loved and lived for his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and is now eternally in his presence.
Leonard is survived by a daughter, Marjorie A. Lyons-Feinberg of Keystone Heights, Fla.; a grandson, Timothy (Kay) Travis of McCormick, S.C.; two step grandsons, a step granddaughter, twin step great-granddaughters and a step great-grandson; a sister, Betty Lyons Wingert of Luthersburg; and his closest friend, Bob (Phyllis) Montana of Keystone Heights, Fla.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Lou Travis, three brothers and five sisters.
Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Bernard P. Snyder Funeral Home in Reynoldsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Carr officiating. Burial will be in Reynoldsville Cemetery, Reynoldsville.
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Reynoldsville, PA 15851
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Published in The Courier Express from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014