Funeral services for Vivan Lyon, age 69, of Meadow, SD were held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon, SD. Chaplain David Peterson officiated. Following a time of fellowship, burial was in the Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow, SD. Military Honors were provided by the Brattvet-Green American Legion Post #66.
Serving as casketbearers were Paul Huffman, Paul Skjoldal, Gary Wilken, Jade Lyon, Bernie Donner and Chuck Anderson. All family and friends are considered honorary casketbearers.
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 8 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 NW 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 where 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 one 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.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the family present from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome. com.