Waldo A. Lyon, 81, of Dolgeville, New York and formerly of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York with his loving wife by his side.
He was born on March 30, 1938 in Dolgeville, New York and was the son of the late, George and Grace Lyon.
Waldo attended Dolgeville Central School and graduated with the Class of 1956. Upon graduation, Waldo enlisted in the United States Army. During his service to his country, Waldo was a photographer and was honored to photograph many important people, such as President Eisenhower while being deployed in Germany. After several years of service, he was honorably discharged.
On July 9, 1961, Waldo was united in marriage to Donna Marie Arndt at the Dolgeville Methodist Church. The couple shared loving union of 58 years together where they raised their two children, Val and Wally, in a loving home.
Waldo was formerly employed by the United States Postal Service in the maintenance department in Dolgeville, New York and later transferred to Merritt Island, Florida where he retired after 8 years.
Waldo was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the American Legion in Mohawk, NY, Moose Lodge in Merritt Island, FL, and the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department Benevolent Association.
Waldo had a love of flowers, and plants, and took great pride in taking care of his lawn, and home. He could be seen riding on his lawnmower often, or sleeping in a chair on the front lawn after a long day of pulling weeds, planting flowers or whatever needed to be done.
Waldo was a die hard Boston Red Socks fan who went to several games with his grandson, Ross over the years. He was a generous, regular donor to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Wounded Warriors and to St. Joseph's Indian School.
Above all, Waldo was a family man. Most precious time was when he spent time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The bond that was shared with all, was strong and his presence will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna A. Lyon at home; two loving children, Valedine "Val" Johnson and her husband, Lance of Inghams Mills, NY and Waldo "Wally" Lyon and his wife, Karen of Port St. Lucie, FL; three special grandchildren, Kelly Daukontas and her husband, Justin of Inghams Mills, NY, Melanie Johnson Stallman and her husband, Matt of Inghams Mills, NY and Ross Johnson and his companion, Taylor Morris of Inghams Mills, NY; three cherished great-grandchildren, Eli Daukontas, Alaina Daukontas, and Myles Stallman; nine siblings, Grace Ann Eggleston of Dolgeville, NY, Nadine Spencer of Stratford, NY, Irene Diederichs of NC, Bruce Lyon of Dolgeville, NY, Marsden Lyon and his wife, Carol of Westmoreland, NY, Duane Lyon and his wife, Donna of GA, Noreen Crane and her husband, Jim of Dolgeville, NY, Daryl Lyon and his wife, Julia of Dolgeville, NY, and George Lyon and his wife, Char of Sequoit, NY; a sister in law, Shirley Lyon of Utica, NY; brothers and sisters in law, Dennis Arndt and his wife, Janet of Mohawk, NY, Barbara LeFave of Syracuse, NY, Marion Gaglio of Syracuse, NY, Frances Morrison and her husband, of Liverpool, NY, David Michael Arndt and his wife, Katie of GA, Stephen Arndt and his wife, Cindy of AL, Jeffery Arndt and his wife, Theresa of FL, Ronald Arndt and his wife, Lynn of AL, and Rita Arndt of Mohawk, NY; a special niece, Renee Arndt of Mohawk, NY; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
Waldo was predeceased by his siblings, Shirley Lyon Williams, Craig Lyon, Merwin Lyon and Arlene Stacey; in-laws, Ralph Williams, James Eggleston, Alan Spencer, Paul Diederichs, Annette Lyon and Donald Arndt.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York. A funeral service will held immediately following calling hours on Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. also at the funeral home with Pastor Anthony Bradseth officiating. Members of the United States Army Honor Guard will accord military honors for Waldo at the conclusion of the service.
Please consider memorial contributions for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or TheWounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
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