Smith Center – Billie D. Lyon, 93, passed away Monday, January 16, 2023, at Independent Living, Smith Center, KS.
He was born June 14, 1929, in Athol, KS, the son of Walter and Ethel (Nye) Lyon. On February 28, 1954, he married Roverta C. Moore at the First Christian Church, Smith Center, KS. Billie was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving from November of 1951 until November of 1955 when he was honorably discharged. Billie also received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received as a result of enemy action in Korea on September 5, 1952.
Billie was an avid stock car fan, loved riding motorcycles and racing go carts when he was younger. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Roverta and her sister Janice taking bus trips to Branson, MO on several occasions. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Smith Center, KS, he received his 50-year pen and was the past commander of the American Legion post 220 of Smith Center, life member of the Marine Corps League Mount Suribachi Detachment #105 of Smith Center, life member of the Kingsbury-Chase VFW post 1141 of Smith Center, life member of the military order of the Purple Heart Walter W. Huth Memorial Chapter 688 of Salina.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Roverta on July 17, 2014.
Billie is survived by a sister-in-law, Janice K. Grammon of Winfield, KS; a nephew Charles Lyon of Missoula, MT, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023, at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Randy Hill officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS. Memorials may be given to Independent Living or the Marine Corps League, both of Smith Center and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.