SIDNEY LEE LIDA (1927 - 2018)

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LIDA, 90

LAKELAND - Sidney Lee Lida, 90, entered the loving arms of the Lord on May 16, 2018.
Born October 1, 1927 to Sidney Raymond Lida and Mary Streeter Lida in Kansas City, MO and a long-time resident of Overland Park, KS, he lived in Lakeland, FL since 1992. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas in 1950 and member of Pi Mu Epsilon, he served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He worked on thermodynamic equations for the development of the hydrogen bomb and wrote the manual for the world's first practical business computer, the IBM Model 701. An entrepreneur, restaurateur, computer consultant and accomplished private pilot, he was a member of the Soaring Society of America, the Sons of Norway, and Cypress Lakes Christian Fellowship Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Lida, in 2009, and a sister, Colleen Carter, in 2017, and is survived by his spiritual wife since 2014, Fran Cooper Lida of Lakeland, FL; a son, James Lida of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a brother, Robert Lida, of Wichita, KS.
A private graveside service will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Salvation Army.
Gentry-Morrison Southside.

Funeral Home
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes - Southside Chapel
1727 Bartow Road
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 688-7679
Published in Ledger from May 18 to May 19, 2018
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