It is with sadness that we report the passing of our founder, John Lyons. He left this world on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 10:50 A.M. to be with his beloved Aerial. We hope that they are together and watching over us.

His viewing was at the Cage-Mills Funeral Home, 4901 Everhart Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78411. His military funeral was held on Thursday, April 9, 2009, with a 21 gun salute at closing. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to your favorite charity or to the FDR Memorial Fund c/o Garry Theis, Treasurer, USS FDR Reunion Association, 7925 Bechtol Rd., Lima OH, 45801-9723.

His obituary is published in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on 4/9/09 and can be viewed on their website at We have posted it below exactly as published:

John P. Lyons, 91, passed away on April 3, 2009 in Floresville, Texas. He was born February 17, 1918 to John W. Lyons and Bertha Thomas Lyons. He retired from the United States Navy and the Corpus Christi Army Depot. He was a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association and of the National Rifle Association. He was an Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America and member of the Moose Lodge. He and his wife, Aerial were the Founders of the annual reunion of the shipmates who served on the U.S.S Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Aerial Lyons, his parents and numerous brothers and sisters.

He is survived by one sister, Mable Young of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Nora Lyons of San Jose, California; and by his devoted friends Joyce and Nat Natale and Thomas Polk of Corpus Christi and Larry Stucky of Seminole, Florida, and all the shipmates of the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. with services beginning at 10:00 A.M. at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors Chapel with military honors. Entombment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to your favorite charity


The 2 color photos are of John enjoying himself at one of the many reunions he attended. The 2 black & white photos were posted in his obit and give you an idea of what John looked like as a young man and before his death.


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