Gary James Lyon

July 23, 1950 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Gary Lyon Obituary

Gary James Lyon, 73, of Shiremanstown, PA passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 23, 1950 in Elmira, NY to the late Sherman Randolph Lyon and Ruth Addie Lyon.

Gary was a 1969 graduate of Southside High School in Elmira, NY. He was a six-year veteran of the US Navy and a 22-year veteran of the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He retired from Highmark after 24+ years of employment and was currently employed for the Department of Defense. He was a 39-year member of American Legion Post #109.

Gary was extremely generous to everyone he came in contact with whether friend or stranger. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing the latest video game or watching Westerns. Gary loved to travel and took his family on many vacations over the years. He had a love for food and could often be found at various local restaurants where he made friends with all of the staff.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents as well as brother Emory “Bruce” Lyon and sister Shirley VanNostrand, brother-in-law’s Robert “Bob” VanNostrand, William “Bill” Ayers and Elwin “El” Fitzwater.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debby, his children Jennifer (Robert) Croftcheck, Matthew (Lisa) Lyon, Kimberly (PJ) Housley, Amiee (Daniel) Little, grandchildren, Sara, Kaitlyn, Ally, Rachel, Steven, Zoey, Carson, Gideon, Emma and soon to be Theodore. He is also survived by sisters Nancy Fitzwater, Joan Ayers and brother William “Bill” (Charlotte) Lyon, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, February 12, 2024 at Christian Life Assembly, 2645 Lisburn Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011, with visitation at 10am and a Celebration of Life at 11am. Please enter the church property by the west entrance and look for the doors marked plaza. Services will be live streamed on the Cocklin Funeral Home Facebook page. Services with full military honors will be held at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at the  convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gary’s honor to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to Christian Life Assembly 2645 Lisburn Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011,

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February 12, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Christian Life Assembly
2645 Lisburn Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Memorial Service
February 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Christian Life Assembly (Lisburn Road, Camp Hill, PA)

February 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Livestream on Cocklin Funeral Home Facebook
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Christian Life Assembly
2645 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill PA 17011

Hospice of Central Pennsylvania
1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110


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