Rev. Bob Lyon

St. Andrew’s is saddened to announce that
Rev. Bob Lyon (ret.) passed away Friday, April 29th.

Please keep his wife Sara, son Mark and family in your prayers.

The Celebration of Life will be at 10:00am Saturday, May 14 here at St. Andrew’s.

Celebrating the life of
Rev. Robert Jay Lyon

September 14, 1926 ~ April 29, 2016


Robert Jay Lyon was born September 14, 1926 in Eagle River, Wisconsin, the only son of Eber Blakemon Lyon and Lucile Garvin. Early years were spent in a log cabin on his Uncle Frank Garvin's farm in Hannibal, Wisconsin. Most of his high school years were in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where he was active in the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Lake Geneva High School in May, 1944.  He enlisted in the navy and was stationed at Great Lakes Navy Pier in Illinois where he attended Radio School. A serious attack of asthma put him in sickbay and he was given an Honorable Discharge as a Seaman First Class in June 1945.

When Bob’s parents decided to move to Tacoma, Bob came along and enrolled in the  College of Puget Sound. The first Sunday in September his mother, a Methodist minister's daughter scanned the ads for the closest Methodist church and decided it was Bethany Methodist on the south side. Bob and his mother were warmly welcomed by the pastor and his wife and Bob was invited to the MYF that was meeting that evening at the parsonage. When they learned that Bob would be attending CPS the pastor's wife quickly introduced him to Sara Jeanne Mather, their organist who was beginning her sophomore year at UPS. It was the beginning of a romance that lasted for 70 years.

Bob graduated from the College (now University) of Puget Sound in 1949, with honors, with majors in Philosophy and Drama. He was a member of the Campus Playcrafters – not as an actor but as stage manager. Meanwhile Sara and Bob had become 'a couple' and were married at Bethany Methodist April 20, 1949. Bob then attended Garrett  Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and during his schooling also served 3 small churches in rural Indiana in the Northwest Indiana conference. He graduated from Garrett in spring of 1953 and in June he was ordained Elder in the Northwest Indiana Conference. Bob and Sara packed up to return to Washington and his credentials were then transferred to the Pacific Northwest Conference.

Bob served Redmond where their son Mark Spencer Lyon was born in 1955; Okanogan and Malott; Stanwood, Tacoma St. Paul's; Camas; Spanaway and Eatonville. He retired in 1991. Several times he was appointed to a church to help heal troubled waters.

His special interest was church camping and he served many years on the Conference Camping Commission.

Bob remained fascinated by radios (and later, computers) and earned his amateur radios license. When he retired he became active with the Olympia Radio Society renewed his radio license certifications (call -AA7YD)  but was more interested in equipment and    antennas than talking on the radio (he left that to Sara).

Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sara Lyon, and his only child, Mark Lyon.


In Loving Memory of

Bob Lyon

May 14, 2016


Welcome               Rev. Melissa Ramming


Scripture       23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies;

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

* Hymn   ‘This Is My Father’s World’            Red Hymnal #144


Homily                              Pastor Melissa

* Hymn    ‘O Jesus I Have Promised’ Red Hymnal #396

Personal History


A Time for Sharing

(The family will be sharing their remembrances first, then we will open the
microphone to any who would offer a remembrance or word about Bob.)

Prayer of Commendation

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we   forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

* Hymn ‘Joy In the Morning’          Black Hymnal #2284




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