December 23, 1916 ~ September 18, 2003
In New Haven, September 18, 2003, John Willoughby Lyon of 655 Ridge Rd., Hamden, husband of Luciana Mocellin Lyon. Born in Kansas City, MO, Dec. 23, 1916, he was the son of the late Dr. Maclay and Alice Barnby Lyon. John died peacefully and free of pain while being held by his wife and granddaughter, April. John loved living in the New Haven area. He cherished the numerous relationships he had established during those 27 years. John called these years, the happiest of his life. The members of New Haven Rotary Club were an important part of his life. A graduate in Engineering from the University of Missouri, he received a Master's degree from the University of Kansas. After working as the Works Manager for the Whirlpool Corp. for 12 years, John founded and was President of NSC International Corp. in Hot Springs, AR, a manufacturer of Plastic Book Binding machinery. A member of the New Haven Rotary Club, he was also a member of the Quinnipack Club. Besides his wife of 27 years, he is survived by daughters: Susan L. Fox of Kansas City, MO, Marcia Lyon of Des Moines, IA, Nancy Lyon of Little Rock, AR, Lynda L. Sarver of Hot Springs, AR, a stepson and his wife, C. Bruce and Maryland Michael Gambardella of Rockland County, NY and 7 grandchildren. Funeral service will be private. Arrangements with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. The family requests that contributions in John's memory, be sent to The Rotary International Foundation @ The Rotary Club of New Haven, P.O. Box 1737, New Haven, CT 06507.