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Raymond Jo Lyons

Died: Wed., Jul. 15, 2015

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., Jul. 25, 2015
Location: Priest Park

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Stevensville MT Raymond Jo Lyons, 94, of Stevensville passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at his home with his wife by his side. Raymond was born in Helena MT in 1921 and later adopted by Raymond and Josephine Lyons who raised him in and around the Flathead Valley. As a kid he would deliver groceries in his little red wagon. Moving around and up through the professions; watering elephants at the circus, becoming a telegrapher for the railroad, OTR truck driver hauling tankers filled with acid on occasion, painting designs on planes that were later sent to Russia, ice cutter for the Western Fruit Express, sheep herder in Hinsdale, soda fountain and service station attendant in Apgar, owner operator of logging company in Kalispell, foreman with Earl Hunt Construction building houses, employed with Bowing Aircraft Company inventing/designing new improved devices, outfitting for Diamond Bar X, Bruckerts, and the Chief Joseph Ranch, working for and with the Stevensville Farm and Builders. Along the way he met and in1943 married Erma Middleton having two children; Raymond E. and Arlene. They divorced in 1969 and he married Susan Frazier Mowen of Choteau, in Stevensville in 1970. He was a Member of the Great Falls Deputy Sheriffs, Mountain Patrol Search and Rescue, CCC Cook, Pony Express, St. Mary’s Saddle Club, Bitterroot Draft and Mule Club, Stevensville Historic Museum, 30 years Gourmet Dining Group, Peruvian Paso and Paso Fino breeder and parade contestant . His love of music could be heard in his playing of the accordion or harmonica, and in his voice when he sang. A gentlemen's gentleman to the core. Trophy husband and the best neighbor anyone could have wanted. He lived a long fulfilling life with many stories to share and his laugh and smile will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Sue, son, Raymond E. (Sherry) Lyons of Great Falls, daughter Arlene Lyons of Hamilton, grandchildren Shawn (Paula) Lyons of Great Falls, Brian(soon to be Kathleen) Lyons of CA, Colby Lyons of TX, Robin Palin of Hamilton, Michele (Clint) Morris of Stevensville and 9 great-grandchildren. A memorial potluck picnic will be held at the Priest Park in Stevensville, Saturday July 25, 3:00 P.M. for friends and family.

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Lori Garding
   Posted Mon July 20, 2015
You are in my thoughts, Sue Let me know if I can do anything. Lori

Julie Parker and Pat Murphy
   Posted Tue July 21, 2015
Shawn, Paula, Tia;

So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather, Shawn. It sounds like he had a long and very interesting life. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

Mary Elkins
   Posted Tue July 21, 2015
Michelle So sorry for your loss. I know how much your grandfather meant to you. Keep your memories close to your heart and they will comfort you. My prayers are with you and your family today and the days to come. d Ma
Your friend Mary

S Ford
   Posted Wed July 22, 2015
My family and I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Carola Woolsey Mielke
   Posted Thu July 23, 2015
So many memories of Ray. He was always a true friend to my Dad. So many trails touched by him in the Bitterroot Mountains. So many St. Marys Saddle Club memories. Happy Trails Ray. Sue if you need anything, you know where I am.

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Fri July 24, 2015
Sue and Family,

After reading Ray's obituary, we now know where all that amazing information came from; he truly did so much during his life. He had so much knowledge about anything you asked and we always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sharon Brittenham
   Posted Fri July 24, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to you. Ray and you were such good friends to Jim's parents, and they thought the world of Ray.
Jim and Sharon Brittenham

Karla Baney
   Posted Mon July 27, 2015
Dear Sue,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful man Ray was and what a wonderful wife he had. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
God Bless,

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