Gary Leroy Lyons

Oct 6th, 1951 - Sep 2nd, 2019
Gary Leroy Lyons

Gary Leroy Lyons, 67, of Carbondale, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at his home.

Gary was born on October 6, 1951 in North Lake, IL to Maurice Charles and Agnes Alma (Olson) Lyons.  He married Cathy of October 6, 2008.  She survives.

Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served his country while stationed in Mainz, Germany.  Gary described this as the best time of his life.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at SIUC and began a long career as a forensic sales tax auditor for the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.  He retired several years ago.

Gary was a collector and liked scoring good deals at auctions.  He also loved finding new homes for many of his auction scores by generously sharing with friends and family.  Gary thoroughly enjoyed all kinds of sweet baked goods.  He was a train enthusiast.  He hunted, traveled (especially to Vegas), bowled and spent many content hours outdoors.  Gary was happiest with a chainsaw in his hand or pulling tree stumps with his truck.  His neighbors often referred to him as the “Park Ranger” because of his floppy hat and diligent grounds keeping.  He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Lyons of Carbondale; daughter, Tammy Specht (James) of Colorado; grandchildren, Christopher and Jordyn; step children, Jennifer Wharton (Greg) of Murphysboro and Jeremy Toll of Jackson, MO; step grandchildren, Tristen Toll, Emma Toll and Jeremiah Wharton; sisters, Mary Jean Fisher of Coronado, CA and Marilyn Fisher (Al) of Villa Park; nephews, Michael and Christopher and niece, Jennifer and well as several cherished lifelong friends, Alan Chaney and many others, you know who you are.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary’s wish was to be cremated with no services.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Memorial donations are suggested to GreenPeace and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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3 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Mark Shetler

    From: Metropolis, illinois, Illinois

    Date: September 9, 2019

    I’m very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to to Cathy and the family.
    I feel fortunate to have known Gary through our many years of working and traveling together for the IDOR.
    Gary’s intelligence and inquisitive nature made him a valued co-worker. His sense of humor and his kindness to others made him a great friend.

    Rest In Peace, My Friend

  • Guest: Dan Trout

    From: , Illinois

    Date: September 11, 2019

    A good man & my friend. He would try to do anything for anyone. It was a pleasure to know and work with Gary for many years and to share our deer hunting stories.

  • Guest: Jane Miller

    From: Vienna, Illinois

    Date: September 11, 2019

    I worked with Gary when he was our sales tax auditor down at Electric Energy. He was a great auditor and very easy to work with. More importantly, you hardly ever meet a nicer guy. I admired him for beating lymphoma. A little surprised but love it that he’s asking for memorials to Greenpeace. Rest in peace, Gary, I’ll never forget you.