Edwin Lyon

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 1949 - 1952


1953 - 1954

1949 Yearbook

1953 Yearbook


Edwin G. Lyon, a former teacher, principal and superintendent of schools at Neodesha, died Monday, November 19, 2007, at the Wilson County Hospital in Neodesha. He was 89.

Funeral services were held at 11 am Friday, Nov. 23, at the United Methodist Church with pastor Kris Brinlee of the United Methodist Church and Pastor Dave Cheshier of Christ Church officiating. Burial was in the Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel of Neodesha.

The son of Luther and Mary Martha (Stuber) Lyon, "Jack" was born July 13, 1918 in Eureka. He grew up on a farm outside of Climax in Greenwood County. He graduated from Climax High School in 1935 in the midst of the Great Depression. He worked on farms for two years to save enough money to start classes at Chanute Junior College.

After graduating from Chanute Junior College, he accepted a teaching position in a rural school in rush County 10 miles east of Chanute. He was offered another year's work, but thought he didn't like teaching. Instead, he returned to Chanute to work at a funeral home where he'd been employed while attending junior college. At the funeral home he worked as an embalming apprentice and ambulance and hearse driver.

In 1941, World War II was on the horizon and prior to being drafted Mr. Lyon entered the U.S. Navy/Coast Guard. He initially served on river patrols along the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers before being assigned to a Navy destroyer escort ship in the South Pacific. The ship provided troop support for conflicts from New Guinea to the Philippines. He was discharged from his military service in June of 1946 and returned to Kansas.

In 1943, prior to shipping out overseas, he was united in marriage to Lavera June Worley of rural Chanute.

He attended the former Kansas State Teachers College on the G.I. Bill, changing his mind about teaching. He graduated in 1948 after earning a bachelor degree and master's of science in education. Mr. Lyon then accepted a classroom position in the Osawatomie school system. After two years he was offered a principal's position which he held for two years.

In June of 1954, he accepted a principal's position at the Neodesha High School, a post he held for 17 years. In 1971, he was named superintendent of the USD 461, Neodesha school system. He served in this capacity for 12 years until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Lyon was active in community organizations, a member of the United Methodist Church of Neodesha, the Masonic Lodge of Climax, the Neodesha Rotary Club, the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion. He was a board member of New Beginnings Enterprises for nine years.

During his education years, he was active and held leadership positions in the Kansas State Principals Association and the State School Administrators Association.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lavera, of Neodesha; three children, Lucinda Kay "Cindy" and her husband James E. Hubbard of Fort Collins, CO., Brian and His wife Kathleen of Albuquerque, NM, and Julie and her husband, Steve Caspers of Topeka; a sister, Martha Jo Brown of Wichita; five grandchildren, Sherri Hubbard of Cheyenne, WY,., Amy and Ty Nordie of Windsor, CO., Eddy Lyon of Austin, TX., Emily and Justin Emerick of Provo, UT., and Briana and Brogan Caspers of Topeka, and four great-grandchildren, Shaylah, Stetson, Slade and Shanaye Nordie of Windsor, CO.

Memorials may be made to the NHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or the United Methodist Church of Neodesha in care of the funeral home.

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