Vivan Lyon: 1943-2013
Funeral services for Vivan Lyon, age 69, of Meadow, SD, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon, SD. Chaplain David Peterson officiated. Following a time of fellowship, burial is in the Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow, SD. Military Honors were provided by the Brattvet-Green American Legion Post #66.
Special music was provided by Marilyn Willey, pianist.
Vivan Watt Lyon was born to N.F. (Red) and Margaret (Tidball) Lyon on April 11, 1943, at Dupree, SD. He was raised on the family ranch in the Coal Springs Community. He attended all eight grades in a nearby country school. Vivan graduated from Lemmon High School with the class of 1961.
On Jan. 16, 1961, he joined the 211th Engineering Co. of Lemmon, SD, and was honorably discharged Jan. 15, 1965. He was called to active duty on Nov. 15, 1961 to Aug. 7, 1962, during the Berlin Crisis.
On June 20, 1964, Vivan and Barbara Welter were married at Faith, SD, and started their married life on a ranch northwest of Thunder Butte working for his father. Three children were born to this union: Cary in 1965, Twyla in 1967 and Tracy in 1968.
On June 1, 1969, the family leased and moved to the former L.J. Seim ranch on the South Grand River, south of Lemmon. They later purchased the ranch and there Vivan raised Hereford cattle and enjoyed many years of ranching.
Health reasons forced the sale of the cows in March of 2012. On March 23, 2012, he was diagnosed with ALS at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. On July 30, 2012, he entered Five Counties Nursing Home where he fought a courageous battle with ALS and passed away Feb. 19, 2013.
He served on the Anderson Township board for many years, the Grand River Grazing board for 12 years; a number of those years as President and severed on various other boards in the community. Vivan thoroughly enjoyed recording and reporting the weather for the National Weather Service.
Vivan is survived by his wife Barbara of Meadow, SD; son, Cary (Caren) Lyon of Dickinson, ND, and grandchildren Mike, Katie, Emily and Zachary Lyon; daughter, Twyla (Wayne) Chapman, Billings, MT, and grandchildren Amanda (Martin) Villafranco, Frank Chapman and Amber Chapman; daughter, Tracy Landsem, Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren Logan and Dylan Landsem; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Villafranco and another great-granddaughter due March 2013; his mother, Margaret Lyon Reno; three brothers, Jim (Joan) Lyon, Norman (Sue) Lyon, Ralph (Shari) Lyon; two sisters, Lu Anne (Irving) Jordan and Barbara (Tony) Lorenz; two brothers-in-law, Mike Schoenfelder and Dennis (Noma) Welter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father N.F. (Red) Lyon; sister, Laska Schoenfelder; father and mother-in-law, Gene and Lila Welter; maternal and paternal grandparents; one nephew, Cody Lyon; step-father, Russell Reno; and several aunts and uncles.