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Raymond Edward Lyons

COAL CITY — Mr. Raymond Edward Lyons, 90, of Coal City, passed away Saturday morning, June 15, 2013 at Morris Hospital.

Born Nov. 25, 1922, Raymond was the son of Henry Edward Lyons and Minnie (Favero) Lyons in their home on Kankakee Street in Coal City.

After graduating high school with the class of 1940, Raymond established Lyons Draperies and Window Treatments, which he operated for 41 years until retiring in June 1986. Raymond enjoyed his long years in business with employees Amy, Alice and Margaret.

Raymond married Clara Ashamy in Assumption Catholic Church on April 16, 1959, and shared 26 years of married life together in their home on Second Street in Coal City. Clara died of a heart attack on Aug. 11, 1985.

He was a long-time member and past president of the Coal City Lions Club; co-chaired the Coal City Bicentennial Celebration in 1976; and was chosen to be general chairman of the committee planning the Coal City Centennial Celebration in August 1981.

Raymond helped plan for the Grundy County Community Hospice Auxiliary in 1986, and served on the board of directors and was president of the Auxiliary for 11 years. He was a member of the board of directors and pastpresident of the Crisis Line of Will and Grundy Counties, and received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Coal City Village Board in October 1987.

Raymond was also a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award in 1988, which was given by the Grundy County Association of Commerce and Industry. He had the honor of being selected Grand Marshall of the Grundy County Corn Festival parade in Morris in October 1989.

For several years, Raymond served on a committee to help plan the Summer Serenade dinner dance, which benefited the Center for Independent Living. He was active with Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, where he was a long-time member of the parish council, and served as a lector and Eucharistic minister.

Ray is survived by a devoted and loving brother, Henry, and sister-in-law, Nancy (Ross) Lyons; a niece, Susan Lyons; two nephews; Greg (Kathy) Lyons and Alan (Becky) Lyons; and two great nephews, Benjamin and Luke Lyons. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Eleanor Ashamy; and niece, Sharon (Raymond) Skaggs, both of Joliet; niece Cory (Marc) Fuchs of Springfield, Ill.; three great nieces, Kim Fuchs, Becky Foster and Maureen Skaggs; and one great nephew, Patrick Skaggs; as well as his loving and devoted friend, Louise Martin.

Visitation and video tribute will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013  at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City.

Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 South Kankakee St., Coal City, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Robert Noesen officiating.

Burial will be at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Greg Lyons, Alan Lyons, Benjamin Lyons, Luke Lyons, Mark Bruno and Mark Wills. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Martin, Raymond Skaggs, Mark Fuchs and Louis Bruno.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Raymond’s memory to Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, 518 West Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450 or to the Assumption Church Building Fund, 245 South Kankakee Street, Coal City, IL 60416.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of ReevesFuneral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. For more information, call (815) 634-2125.


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