SIOUX CITY | James "Jim" Francis Lyons, 77, formerly of Sioux City, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2014, at his home in Green Valley, Ariz., where he had lived since 2006 with his loving wife, Kay, of 18 years. He was surrounded by his wife and his four children.
Services to celebrate his life will be held in Green Valley in mid-March. An announcement will follow later. There will be a private burial.
James Francis Lyons was born on June 29, 1936, to Frank J. and Nell C. (Ryan) Lyons, in Mitchell, S.D. He attended Holy Family Catholic School and graduated from Mitchell’s Notre Dame Academy in 1954. He received his teaching degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and his master’s degree from the University of South Dakota. His four children are from his first marriage to Jeanne Mackey of Mitchell.
Most knew Mr. James Lyons as an elementary principal for the Sioux City Public Schools, where he worked for 30 years at Hopkins, Bancroft, Irving and Riverview elementary schools.
Jim met Kay (Kathleen) Shelley, and they were married on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1996, in Sioux City, where they lived until relocating to Green Valley, Ariz.
James Lyons loved his family. He was an Army veteran, a hunter, a fisherman, and big Yankees fan. He was a great whistler who enjoyed collecting, and loved almost everything Irish. If he met you, he would remember you.
James Lyons is much loved by and survived by his wife, Kay; his four children, daughters, Lisa Lyons of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jayne (Danny) Gale, formerly of Sioux City, Susan Lyons of Denver, Colo., and son, Tim Lyons of Morongo Valley, Calif.; his granddaughters, Elizabeth (Chad) Blatchford of Sioux City, Melissa Gale of Sioux City, and Sophie Jacobs of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is also survived by his oldest sister, Patricia Lyons of Anaheim, Calif., and younger brother, Joseph (PJ) Lyons of Fullerton, Calif.; and many loving and caring friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local Food Bank or to Heartland Hospice of Tucson. Please consider submitting online condolences.