David Lyons Obituary (2021) – Corning, NY
David Gates “Dave” Lyons
David Gates “Dave” Lyons, 79, a 10-year-old Deale, MD resident who previously lived in Corning, NY, died at his home on August 2, 2021. Born February 28, 1942 in Bryn Mawr, PA to the late Charles and Gertrude Lyons, Dave graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY in 1960. He achieved the Eagle Scout rank and earned a BSME degree from Lehigh University in 1964 and an MBA in finance from Columbia University in 1969.
While at Lehigh University, Dave joined the wrestling team, the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, and the ROTC. After graduation, he served in the US Navy and attended Officer Candidate School before being assigned to Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina, as Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (AROICC). His next assignment took him to My Tho in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. As an OICC there, Dave led the construction of a Navy PBR (Patrol Boat, River) base. In recognition of his military service, Dave received the National Defense and Vietnam Service Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal with the Combat “V” clasp for bravery.
Dave joined Corning Inc. in 1969 and enjoyed a 34-year manufacturing career that took him from Corning, NY to Louisville, KY, Blufton, IN, Paden City and Martinsburg, WV. He retired as Vice President of Environmental Engineering with responsibility for Corporate Facility Engineering and Environmental Compliance, where he and his family enjoyed vacationing.
Dave was a history buff with a particular interest in maintaining family connections between the past and the present. He investigated the heroic history of his first father-in-law, LT Col. Kent Fay, in the US Army until his death in Rully, France after D-Day. Dave was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and loved the time he spent in Cape Cod. He loved boating, fishing, swimming and listening to organ music. Most of all, he was an avid cheerleader for any activity his kids or grandchildren participated in!
In addition to his parents, Dave preceded his first wife of 39 years, Joanne Fay Lyons, who died in 2004. He remarried in 2011, leaving behind his loving wife Jeanne Marie Lyons; two sons, Sean (Lisa) Lyons of Sterling, VA and Kent (Sylvie Dugrenier) Lyons, also of Sterling, VA; one daughter, Suzanne (John) Chevalier of Loveland, OH; a brother, Richard (Janice) Lyons of Pisgah Forest, NC; two stepsisters, Jane Holmes from New York and Carol Ruderman from Connecticut; seven grandchildren, Aidan, McKenna and Ryder Lyons, Ryan, Zachary and Kyra Chevalier and Carolina Celnik. Dave also leaves three “bonus” children gifted from his second marriage, Teri (Jim) Pickering, Laura (Mike) Van Scoyoc and John (Jen) Boehm; and eight grandchildren, David and Emily Pickering, Eric and Jake Van Scoyoc, Jessica Kelly and Jack, Sophie and Ava Grace Boehm.
Dave’s life celebration will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 4012 Birdsville Road, Davidsonville, MD 20135 at 11:00 a.m. on October 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Instead of flowers, the family is soliciting donations to the Wellfleet Historical Society, PO Box 58, 266 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667 (www.wellfleethistoricalsociety.org) or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122 (www. hospicechesapeake.org). Online condolences can be offered at KalasFuneralHomes.com
Published by The Leader from August 7th to August 8th, 2021.