John Merton Lyon

July 29, 1920 - Jan. 23, 2007

Lifelong Waukesha County resident John Merten Lyon, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at Tudor Oaks Nursing Home. He was born in Waukesha on July 29, 1920, to Wilson and Elizabeth (nee Merten) Lyon.

Mr. Lyon operated the Lyon Fruit Farm, originally owned by his father and uncle. John sometimes worked two or three jobs at a time. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he developed two businesses. He was a friend and a role model to the people with whom he worked. John served on the Guthrie School Board, the Big Bend Lions, the Golden Kiwanis and the Beer City Chapter of the Antique Truck Historical Society. He served as an elder for the Vernon Presbyterian Church. Later in life John restored six beautiful antique trucks. The first, a 1926 "Available," reflected his personality - always there to help out. He was an excellent storyteller, a good friend and a great fisherman. He could fix anything that was broken, including people. He was the best dad, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle you could hope for.

He is loved and will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen (nee Rankin) Lyon of Muskego, and their three children, the Rev. Patricia Lyon of Wisconsin Rapids, Jim (Crystal) Lyon of Woodland and John (Sandi) Lyon of Lodi. He is further survived by his "adopted children," nieces, Ruth (Ed) Maslowski of Rochester, Minn., and Frances (Glenn) Cummings of Pearl, Miss., and grandchildren, Wendy Lyon, the Rev. Michael (the Rev. Cathy) Weigand, Barbara (Ken) Misch, Matthew, Carrie and Sara Weis, Emily (Dr. Ben) Shier, Dr. Jamie (Dr. David) Floyd, Andrew Williams, Rachel (Tom Ryan) Maslowski and Dr. Erin (Jacob) Sciammas. The apples of his eyes are his great-grandsons, Benjamin and John Weigand and Barrett and Oliver Shier.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Maryanna Lyon Demmert.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 27, at Vernon Presbyterian Church, S71-W23280 Highway ES (National Avenue), Big Bend. The Rev. Judith Landt will be officiating. Burial will follow at Vernon Presbyterian Cemetery.

John and Helen would like to see the ministry that his parents developed continue, so memorials to Vernon Presbyterian Church, S71-W23280 Highway ES, Big Bend, WI 53103, are suggested.

Randle-Dable Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 547-4035 or visit to leave an online tribute.