W. Raymond Lyons Auto parts manager


Services for William Raymond Lyons, a retired automobile parts manager who enjoyed boating around his native Eastern Shore, will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Brethren on Stewart and Harrison streets in Easton.

Mr. Lyons died suddenly of suspected heart failure yesterday at his Easton home. He was 91.

Born on the family's Huckleberry Hill farm outside Easton, he worked there after completing the eighth grade. At 18, he "went to town" in Easton, where he sold waterless cookware and Aladdin's oil lamps. He joined Noble Motor Co., the area Ford dealership, where he worked for 57 years until retiring as parts manager in 1975.

A member and former treasurer of the Church of the Brethren, Mr. Lyons did volunteer work for the church's world relief center in New Windsor. He traveled to Israel, Hawaii and Florida.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed boating and fishing on the Miles River, photography and bird-watching. Since retiring, he rarely missed the weekly antiques auction at Crumpton and collected information about folk medicine.

He often would tell his grandchildren that he was born at the best possible time because his life began in the horse-and-buggy era and continued into the space age.

He was married in 1923 to Sara Alvaretta Rittenhouse, who died in 1980. The couple lived for most of their lives on Wrightson Avenue. His second wife, Marjorie Patchett of Preston, died in 1988.

In 1989, he married Marie Dyott, who survives him. Other survivorsinclude two sisters, Alice Hickson and Rosalie Towers, and a brother, Charles R. Lyons, all of Easton; a daughter, Anna Mae Wilkinson of Salisbury; three sons, W. LeRoy Lyons of Easton, R. Kenneth Lyons of Timonium, and J. Roger Lyons of Annandale, Va.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Two grandsons died in 1973.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren.

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