Don E. Lyon, 86, of Montpelier passed away Monday at his home. He was born on March 2, 1928 in Bryan to Grover and Edna (Jaquith) Lyon. On January 14, 1948 he married Katherine M. Cleveland and she preceded him in death in June 2014.
Don had a rich and colorful life. He had the only high school orchestra that played all over the county for different schools. After graduating he joined the NAVY and was assigned to the heavy cruiser, USS Oregon City, where he served two years. On board and on duty he operated the radar systems and was the ship’s bugler. Off duty he was the leader of the ship’s orchestra and could be heard on the radio throughout the Caribbean. Don was a member of the St Paul’s Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir for sixteen years. He was a member of the Masons in Montpelier. He owned and operated the Lyon’s Ideal Electric for 45 years serving Williams County and neighboring counties. Don was the Mayor of Montpelier for two years and served on the city council. He started the Montpelier Police Reserve that included 16 officers. He started the Williams County Archery Club back in the 60’s and it still exists today. Don had a passion for the outdoors, camping, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. He liked motorcycling where he and his wife Kate, visited and camped through out all the continental states and the 50thstate, Hawaii. His biggest passion was music, he loved to entertain. He and numerous artist played all around Ohio and surrounding states. He could pick up any instrument and start playing it, with the exception of the flute and piano. He and Kate made up for this short fall by making his kids learn to play the flute (Kay C) and the piano (Don E).
He is survived by his daughter, Kay C (Burt) Ditomasso of Hicksville, Ohio and son, Don E Lyon II of Manassas, Virginia; seven grandchildren Kristopher, Tony, Andy, Joshua, Treye, Dakota, Morgan and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kate, two brothers Bruce and Charlie Lyon and sister Margaret Lyon.
Donations may be made to Cancer Assistance of Williams County. Online condolences can be left for the family atwww.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.