Robert E. Lyons, 81, of Geneseo passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Toulon Health Care Center in Toulon, IL. A funeral mass celebrating Robert’s life will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, May 22nd at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Geneseo. Rev. Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow in North Cemetery, Geneseo where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation for Robert will be 4-7 PM Wednesday, May 21st at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo where a scripture service will be held at 6:45 PM. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Animal Shelter or Toulon Health Care Center.
Robert was born February 13, 1933 in Kenia, IL the son of Hiram and Stacy Leo (Krietsinger) Lyons. He was united in marriage to Frances L. VanVooren on September 14, 1952 in St. Malachy Church, Geneseo and proudly served our country in the US Army from 1953-1955 serving in Germany with Battery C of the 42nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.
Robert farmed in rural Geneseo for 31 years, starting as a farmhand for the Reschke’s and then farming for himself before retiring to town.
Robert belonged to St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. He loved farming and playing cards. Robert took great pride in taking care of his farm equipment. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife: Frances; daughters: Connie (Gerald Scott) Shaffer of Oshkosh, WI, Mary Jo (Scott) Kappelman of Orion, IL, Cindy (Ken) Reeves of Annawan, IL; 4 grandchildren: Kristopher and Zachary Shaffer and Dustin (Tiffany) Stees and Brett (Linley) Stees; several step-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren: Nathan and Gavin and another on the way; 1 brother: Bud Lyons of Alma, IL; and 1 sister: Joan of Salem, IL
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother.