He was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Bourbon County, Kan., the son of Thomas Frederick Lyons and Nannie Brown Lyons.
Bob married Virginia Anderson between his Army and Navy tours of duty. They later divorced in 1962.
Bob worked in his early years as a railroad telegrapher. He then was self employed at manufacturing waterbeds, a trampoline center, and dancing instructor.
He also owned and operated a nursing home and worked the last 10 years building wood pallets.
He enjoyed fishing, playing pitch, shooting pool, and attending his grandchildren's sporting events.
In addition to teaching, he greatly appreciated participating in various forms of dance.
Survivors include two daughters, Melodee McEndree and husband Charlie, Elsmore, Kan., and Honey Lea Doan and husband David, Houston, Texas, two brothers, Charles "Skip" Lyons, Sacramento, Calif., and John Lyons, Osage Beach, Mo., and three sisters, Eileen Roloff, Sacramento, Calif., Ella Mae Harris, Port Angeles, Wash., and Margie Northrop, Fort Scott, Kan. Also surviving are four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Lyons, one granddaughter, Mandy Cowan, three brothers, Luther, Jack, and Lee Lyons, three sisters, Vineta Bowers, Bessie Adamson, and Lena Lyons as well as his parents.
Pastor Lloyd Houk will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott.
Military Honors will be provided by Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Robert Lyons Memorial Fund and may be left in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.