Robert T. Lyons
Robert T. Lyons, age 85 of Clinton, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Mercy One. A Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM today, Saturday, November 16th at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 PM today at the church. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Greg Krogman, Karl Lemke, Jerry Brown, Marty Krogman, Dan Voss and Earl Burken. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Bob was born in Clinton on March 5, 1934, the son of Ed and Theresa (Krogman) Lyons. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1952. He served with the U.S. Army from 1956 thru 1958. Bob married Oneta Hubbard on July 12, 1958 at St. Irenaeus Church in Clinton. Oneta passed away on September 6, 2014. He farmed his entire life on the family homestead that was established in 1852. Bob was a member of Prince of Peace Parish. He enjoyed cheering for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, playing cards with friends, spending time with his granddaughter and going on bus trips with his wife to Branson, MO, before she passed, which they had done for 20 years.

Bob is survived by his son Patrick (Marlys) Lyons of Clinton and his granddaughter Rebecca Lyons of Ames, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Oneta. Online condolences may be left at
Published on November 15, 2019


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Bev Putman
Nov 17, 2019
Bob was a classmate of mine and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. We used to joke a lot when I visited up at the Alverno. Always found him cheerful and had a story for me. He and Jim Young could be found in the dining area whenever I went over. He will be missed.
Carolyn Ziegler
Nov 16, 2019
Prayers of sympathy. To his family hugs and love.A Mass fir Robert will be said at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville,Illinois.
Carolyn Ziegler
Nov 16, 2019
Prayers of sympathy. To his family hugs and love.A Mass fir Robert will be said at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville,Illinois.
Doris Schnack McCarty
Nov 15, 2019
Our families were so intertwined that the Hubbards and Lyons were part of my extended family. Mildred Rusch Schnack, boarded at Robert's in-laws, Pat and Theo Hubbard's home when their daughter, Onita, Robert's (Bob) wife, attended Tuner school east of DeWitt where Mildred taught in the early 1940s. Later, Pat and Theo were renters on Detlef and Mary Schnack's, my Grandparents, farm near Low Moor. Bob and Onita were family visitors and guests at my family's birthday parties and other celebrations. Onita was our "egg lady" and her mother, Theo, our seamstress. My mother and Theo were best friends and relied on each other for support. Bob came into this family in 1957 when my sister, Mar...ilyn, and I were part of their wedding party. Hoop skirts were in style and my hoops turned inward as I walked out the long church aisle at he end of their ceremony. Theo had sewn all the blue satin dresses. On Christmas break from college, 1970, I was offered to ride their horse that was black and white spotted, blending in with their milk herd. I mounted this horse and it took off like "lighting" to the top of the pasture and I barely held on. I reversed this run and got off immediately. I was not offered to ride it again. After I married, moved to Minnesota and raised my family, my two week visit with my three children to Clinton always included a visit to Bob and Onita's farm at milking time. My children learned where milk came from and how many utters milk cows have. Bob with Onita made a super farm team, both in the milk barn morning and night. I still remember their voices as they proudly showed us around their place and we were always feed. My husband (Tom) and I just visited Bob on September 27, 2019 and have a good hour conversation with him. He talked with pride about farming with his son, Patrick, and about his granddaughter, Rachel's accomplishments. My husband stated, Bob was a "down to earth farmer" and he is another loss in a great generation. Bob, "You have gone to be with Mom". Our prayers and sympathies are with your family.Read more
Sheryl Jindrich
Nov 15, 2019
Pat, Marlys and Rebecca - you have my sympathies. Our family has so many fond memories being with you growing up. I remember those nights of mom, dad, Bob and Oneta playing cards - of course we had to have brownies. I remember spending a few days on the farm helping gather eggs and going to get the cows. I will cherish them always