Norfolk — Leroy "Lee" Keith Lyons, 80, of Norfolk died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at the Randolph Colonial Manor in Randolph.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 at Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater. Casual attire, social distancing and masks being worn were asked for by the family due to the current health concerns.
Burial was in the Ewing Cemetery in Ewing.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Leroy was born on March 15, 1940 to Donald and Alta (Skaggs) Lyons in Kansas City, MO. He lived in Kansas City, MO until the family moved to O’Neill where he attended school.
As a child he enjoyed playing with his black lab Skipper and participating in Boy Scouts.
In the early part of June 1958 he met the love of his life Donna Barlow at a turkey farm in O’Neill where he had started working and Donna had dropped off her father for work one day. They were married Aug. 1, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Yankton, SD. With this union they were blessed with four children Leisa, Terry, David and Steven.
Lee and Donna began their marriage in Omaha and lived serval places while raising their family including Lincoln, Stromsburg, Neligh, Atkinson, Chambers, Cozad, Long Pine, Bassett and lastly Norfolk.
Throughout the years he farmed, worked on irrigation systems, worked cattle, drove truck and finished his working years delivering water.
Lee enjoyed fishing, hunting and drinking a lot of beers with his brothers-in-law Kenny and Garry, watching Nebraska Cornhuskers football (while always teasing Donna how bad the Huskers were playing), watching old westerns re-runs, decorating outdoors for Christmas, puttering around in the yard and doing odds and ends.
Life after kids and in retirement years Leroy and Donna enjoyed getting in the car, deciding a direction and were off to wherever they ended up, they especially loved going to Estes Park, CO for the Christmas holiday where family would join them throughout their vacation, going to the Hill and weekend trips with Donna’s brother Garry and his wife Lorie.
Leroy most often was not a man of a lot of words, most who knew him would say he was stubborn and set in his ways. Those of us who knew him best knew he also loved his family, especially as he called them his “Grands and Greats.”
The one thing throughout his life that never wavered, even in his last few weeks of life was his protectiveness for his wife Donna. She was his “Dolly” and was told often that he “loved her the mostest”
Leroy will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but will always remain in their hearts and memories as he watches over all of them. Fly high, Dad.
Leroy "Lee" is survived by his wife Donna Lyons of Norfolk; one daughter Leisa (Marcel) Kube of Norfolk; two sons Terry (Jeri) Lyons of Helena MT and Steven "Bubba" (Peggy) Lyons of Long Pine; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous other family including nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Walt and Bill, two sisters Betty and Alta, one son David Lyons and one great-grandson Jameson Painter.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com.