Robert John Lyon

Mar 16, 1935 - Nov 1, 2019


On November 1, 2019, at the age of 84, the world lost a kind, generous, and loving man. Robert John (Bob) Lyon, the oldest son of Robert Hugh Lyon and Rebecca Elizabeth (Welde) Lyon was born on March 16, 1935 in Wells, Nevada. Bob graduated from Wells High School and enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a medic and was stationed in the Philippines and San Francisco, honorably discharging in 1957 after four years of service. Bob attended Idaho State, Heald College, and Sacramento City College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Sciences. Bob worked as an accountant for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in San Francisco where he met the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Lyon, whom he was married for 55 loving years and had two daughters. In 1964, Bob and Sue moved to Sonoma, where Bob worked for Sonoma State Hospital; moving to Sacramento in 1966 where he worked for the State Fire Marshall, Department of Rehabilitation, State Personnel Board, and Department of Finance, retiring in 2000 after 36 years of service.
Bob loved travelling, spending the last 18 years exploring the United States with Sue in their Cedar Creek fifth wheel, where he accomplished his goal of spending one night in all 50 states and travelling across Canada. Bob’s favorite places included New Brunswick, Canada; Hat Creek, CA, East Memphis, AR; Little Truckee River in the California Sierras; and Pismo Beach, CA; however, his most favorite place was being with family. One of his favorite sayings was “If I had known grandkids would be so much fun, I would have had them first”. Bob will forever be remembered for his love of Nevada, always wearing cowboy boots and western shirts; loving to tinker on his computer for hours; attending his kids/grandkids’ sport and school events; fishing; and sharing funny stories of those “embarrassing moments” and always winning with the funniest moment.
Bob’s gracious smile will eternally shine on his wife, Sue; daughter Karen and her husband John Robison; daughter Cheryl and her husband Matt McCormick; grandson Riley McCormick; granddaughter Breana and her husband Elijah Gyori; grandson Stephen and his wife Cortney Robison; great grandson Wyatt Robison and great granddaughter Ava Robison; sister Midge and her husband Bob Ralston; nephew Mitchell and his wife Lynda Vaughn; great nephew Nicholas Vaughn; and numerous cousins and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James Paul Lyon.
Bob was extremely loved and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Per Bob’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, should family and friends desire, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society for Melanoma Research or a charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book at


  • Richard Hicks says:

    I will never forget camping with Bob and Sue. Especially his willingness to help, his constant smile and always calm attitude. He was a real gentleman at all times. Rest in peace old friend. With fond memories, Dick and Peggy Hicks.

  • Jerry Beeler says:

    We were fortunate to share travels around the USA with Bob and Sue in our Cedar Creek. We will always remember his smile and his generous nature. He was a valuable member of the Cedar Creek RV Owners Club serving as Treasurer for many years. Irene and I will miss seeing him and Sue and we will pray for him and for Sue and the rest of the family. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Jerry and Irene Beeler

  • Sue Hucke says:

    We were so very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing and wanted to let Sue know, that we are thinking of her and her family. Chuck and Sue Hucke

  • hugh graciano says:

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Bob at his daughter Cheryl’s wedding. Although we spoke only a few times through the course of the evening, I was struck by what a kind and genuine person he appeared to be… and was. A very good man indeed.

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