Edward Joseph Lyons, 83, of Erie, Illinois, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at home.
A Requiem Mass will be offered by Fr. John Lyons, O.M.V. at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main Street, Davenport. Visitation will be today (Tuesday) from 5 until to 7 p.m. at the Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the National Cemetery Rock Island Arsenal.
Edward was born October 7, 1927, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Edward Joseph and Mary Ellen (Brettner) Lyons. He married Barbara Irene Wolfe on February, 3, 1951 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport.
After graduating from Spaulding High school in 1945, Edward served two years in the Army in Korea. He graduated from St. Ambrose College in 1951 with a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Philosophy, and taught English at Eddyville High School in Eddyville, Iowa. At the University of Iowa he obtained a law degree, and practiced law in Washington, Iowa. After working for State Farm Insurance, he became an attorney for the International Chiropractic Association in Davenport. Before retiring, he ended his career working for Union Insurance Group.
Edward belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Iowa Bar Association. He served on the school board at Sacred Heart School and the Parish Council of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. He was interested in sports and was a lifelong Cubs and Bears fan, and coached Colt League, winning the City Championship in 1969. He also liked golfing, and he was an avid reader of all kinds of literature. A devout Catholic, he belonged to Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Mary’s, Rock Island and St. Anthony’s.
Edward is survived by his wife Barbara, ten children and their spouses, Ellen (Jose) Valencia, Joseph (Catherine) Lyons, Fr. John Lyons, O.M.V., Daniel Lyons, Kathleen Lyons, Mary (Gary) Ewert, David (Jackie) Lyons, Christine Lyons, Paula (Thomas) Barbato, Diane (Mark) Wolf, thirty-three grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and a brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Louise Lyons. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Rosemary Robinson.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Edward’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.