Barry A. Lyons, 86, of Alexandria, Ky went to be with the lord on May 25, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Bettie E. (Doane) Lyons; his sons Tom Lyons (Debi Lyons), Mick Lyons (Georgette Lyons), Matt Lyons (Donna Lyons); his daughters Tracey Lyons-Sebastian (Charlie Sebastian) Mary Lyons-Negich (Pat Negich); 15 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren.
Born and raised in Covington, the son of Charles and Edna Lyons brother to Patty Lankheit and Ruth Hemingway survived by 3 nephews Doug Lankhiet, Norb Lankheit and Tom Hemingway and one niece Becky Hemingway.
In his early years, Barry worked for the Pullman Company Railroad. After graduating from Holmes High School in 1948 he went on to study at UK Extension to be an electrician. Upon graduating from UK he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a Sgt. First Class as a Gunner on a B-29 stationed in Guam. Upon returning to the United States he joined Local Union 212 Electricians, retiring after 50+ years of service with Becker Electric at P&G.
Barry was an active member of St. Bernard’s Church in Dayton Ky where he was a Scout Master and served on many maintenance and upgrading committees within the church. Barry coached baseball for all three of his sons and spent many of his hours at the Hosea House serving his community. Barry loved a good time and being surrounded by family and friends. He often visited local pubs, Newport on the Levee and loved Newport Aquarium where he named every penguin. Barry enjoyed hosting family events at his and his wife’s family home in Alexandria Ky. Barry was an avid train hobbyist, boosting an extensive model train display.
Barry and Bettie decided together 40+ years ago that they were going to donate their bodies to science, upon death. Barry’s body in now part of the UC Medical Center Research and Study.
Memorial Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s in Alexandria Ky at 10am on Saturday, June 17th, followed immediately by mass at 11am, the family invites everyone to join them for fellowship at the Undercroft for a light lunch followed by a “Celebration of Life” at the VFW in Alexandria Ky full of music, laughter, memories and fun. Exactly the way Barry would’ve wanted it!
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barry Lyons’ Scholarship fund at St. Mary’s School to provide financial aid to students K-8.
Cooper Funeral Home is handling arrangements.