Woodward County Obituaries

Gloyd Lyon
1 Feb 1928 - 19 Dec 2000
Woodward News 28 Dec 2000

Gloyd, son of Rose Mae (Steward) and Willard Leon (Hix) Lyon was born on February 1, l928on the farm West of Alva. He passed away suddenly at his home on the 19th of December at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 1 day.

He attended the Mount Vernon Rural Grade School and graduated from the Farry High School with the Class of 1945.

On September 29, 1945 at Medicine Lodge, Kansas he was married to Dorothy Schmitt. To their marriage, three children, Neil, Pam and Vicki were born.

Following their marriage they lived on a farm where he farmed and was a heavy equipment operator. In 1956 to 1960 they moved to El Dorado, Kansas where he worked for the Harrison and Wilson Construction Company. In 1960 they returned to Alva and he continued farming and ranching. He did custom harvesting from Vernon, Texas to the Nebraska Line. In 1999 he retired from heavy equipment operating.

As a young man he played baseball as a pitcher and in 1947 he signed a contract to pitch professional baseball with the Texas Longhorn League owned by the Chicago White Sox Club. During his life, he was known for his physical strength, helping hand and his joking personality.

He was a member of the Alva Elks Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, and a Charter member of the Alva Moose Lodge. A past Governor of the Moose Lodge for nine consecutive years. Gloyd received his Honorary Pilgrim Degree from Mooseheart in Chicago on June 2, 1893; this symbolized by the "Yellow Jacket."

He was preceded in death by his, mother on December 24, 1955, his father on November 26, 1975, a sister, Lila Scribner on September 13, 1992 and a brother. Harley on April 25, 1979

Gloyd is suryived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy of the home, two daughters and their husbands, Pam and Leon "Butch" Corr of Enid, Vicki and David Harzman of Woodward, and a son, Neil and his wife Jann, of Ruston, Louisiana, nine grandchildren and their spouses. Arnie and Gary Willeford of Duncan, Heather and Wes Reames of Enid. Zeb Lyon and Ray Lyon both of Alva, Blake Hickman of Enid. Amber and Donnie Grider and Ashlie Stewart all of Oklahoma City. Ashley Harzmnn and Amanda Harzman both of Woodward, two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Keeton, also a sister, Florence Dowling of Alva, a number of nieces, nephews. other relatives and friends.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alva First United Methodist Church.

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