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Ronald Lyons

Ronald W. Lyons

January 28, 1932 - January 19, 2019
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Ronald W. Lyons, born on January 28, 1932 in Cincinnati, the youngest of seven children, passed away on January 19, 2019, nine days before his 87 th birthday. Ron was a talented football player at Withrow H.S. from 1948-51. He was a superior cadet in the United States Air Force ROTC program at the University of Cincinnati, and graduated in 1955 during the final stages of the Korean War. First he was sent to Marana AFB in AZ for primary pilot training, then to Laredo, TX for jet fighter pilot training. Upon completion, he was assigned to Johnson AFB near Tokyo, Japan where he flew B-29s during the Cold War. When his mother died in the fall of 1957, he returned home to care for his father. During that time, he earned a Masters Degree in Education at U.C., after which he became a high school administrator for 30 years, his last 13 at Milford High School. Continuing his Air Force service in the Reserves, he gave 11 more years and reached the rank of Captain. In 1960, he married his wife Barbara (Bobbie), nee Hagner, and they raised 3 children. They
both enjoyed sports, music, and travel, visiting all 7 continents. He was an outstanding water
skier and taught boatloads of kids to ski. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, his daughters, Jennifer(Mike) Pfeffer, Melissa(Tim) Gottfried, and his son, Dana(Robbin) Lyons, 7 grandchildren Keith(Jess) Pfeffer and Kristina(Joe) DeGregorio, Reed, Regan and Kelly Lyons, and Ben and Tyler Gottfried, and 4 great granddaughters-- Kendall and Hadley Pfeffer, Giuliana and Sofia DeGregorio. Ron was loved and appreciated by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral, 4 th and Sycamore Sts., on February 9 th at 11AM. Guests may gather at 10AM for a brief visit with the family. An inurnment service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery afterwards for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated by the Alzheimers Association, Hospice of Cincinnati, or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
    The Chapel at Christ Church Cathedral
    318 E. 4th Street
    CINCINNATI, OH 45202
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 11:00am
    The Chapel at Christ Church Cathedral
    318 E. 4th Street
    CINCINNATI, OH 45202
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Military Honors will be performed at 10:50 am immediately before the service.
  • Interment

    Spring Grove Cemetery
    4521 Spring Grove Ave.
    CINCINNATI, OH 45232
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    The inurnment will be private for family only.


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Jean (Zumwalde) Gelvin

Posted at 09:47am
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the privilege of having Mr. and Mrs. Lyons as teachers at Lyon Junior High in the early sixties

Tom Baker

Posted at 11:58am
My condolences to Bobbi and the Lyons family. Ron was the best principal I ever had. Patient, insightful, smart, firm and kind, Ron was a leader in every sense of the word (and a heck of a racket all player)
Truly one of the most memorable people in my life. May he rest in peace.

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