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Dean Lyon

Dean R. Lyon

Saturday, May 14th, 1927 - Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
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Dean Richard Lyon, the son of Axel and Mabelle (Bloomquist) Lyon, was born May 14, 1927, in Dunnell, Minnesota. He died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 91.
He received his education and graduated from Sherburn High School in Sherburn, Minnesota. Following high school, Dean served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Dean returned to the area.
On June 12, 1949, he was united in marriage to Elda June Wallerstedt in Dunnell. Dean worked at Keihl’s Bakery in Fairmont, Minnesota, and then went into partnership with Ordean Waldee at Austin Bakery in Austin, Minnesota. Their family moved to Estherville and Dean purchased Andy’s Bakery in 1958 and renamed it Lyon’s Pastry Shop and operated the business until 1981. He then managed Harold’s Red Owl Bakery until 1991 and worked at Hy Vee Bakery in Spirit Lake until 2011. He retired at the age of 83.
For hobbies, Dean enjoyed travel, fishing trips, big band music, spending time at the cabin on Spirit Lake and most important was spending time with his family. Elda died in 2012. They were married for 63 years.
Dean was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville where he taught Sunday school in the 1960’s and served on the church council.
Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his children, Lili (Bob) Jensen of Estherville; Lori (Ron) Swanson of Marion, Iowa; Lesa (Mark) Nauss of Estherville; Lary (Brenda) Lyon of Burnsville, Minnesota; grandchildren, Erik (Kim) Jensen; Jordan (Ken) Colston; Erin (Chad) Henderson; Matt (Nikki) Wycoff; Joey Swanson; Chris Nauss and Amy Renaud; April (Ryan) Wubbens; Kallie and Katie Lyon; great grandchildren, Ronan and Crosby Jensen; Kaylin Colston; Carter and Camden Henderson; Sadie, Millie, and Kirby Wycoff; Seth Gelo; Wrenly Wubbens; sister, Arlene Brolsma of Fairmont ; sister-in-law, Marilyn Wallerstedt of Dunnell, and many nieces and nephews.
He has been preceded in death by his wife; parents; and siblings, Virginia Lyon, Axel “Junior” Lyon, Betty June Lyon, and Robert Lyon.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel-Estherville
    401 North 7th Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 10:30am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    721 18th Ave. N.
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    Pastor Cole McCormick
  • Interment

    Lake Fremont Township Cemetery
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Håkan Johansson

Posted at 12:42pm
Dear family over there. We send you our deepest condoleances about Deans passing.
Loving greetings from Håkan and Birgit Johansson with families in Skillingaryd .


Posted at 03:22pm
Dear Family over there
We think of you these days and send our deepest condolences.
We also remember good times and thankfulness when we visited Dunell and Estherville, long ago - heartful hosting! Your swedish relatives in Unnaryd
Hans, Gunilla, Pher and Henrik with families

Kathy Thompson

Posted at 07:28pm
My deepest sympathy to you all. Your Dad was a special man. I enjoyed working with him and your Mom. He will be greatly missed.

Steve Nat & The Sanford TS Team

Posted at 10:15am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
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Rick and Kathy

Posted at 12:32am
we were so sorry to learn about Dean. Many thoughts and prayers to the Lyons family.

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