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CARBONDALE — Gary Leroy Lyons, 67, of Carbondale, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at his home.

Gary was born Oct. 6, 1951, in North Lake, to Maurice Charles and Agnes Alma (Olson) Lyons.

He married Cathy on Oct. 6, 2008. She survives.

Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served his country while stationed in Mainz, Germany. Gary described this as the best time of his life.

He obtained his bachelor's degree at SIUC and began a long career as a forensic sales tax auditor for the State of Illinois Department of Revenue. He retired several years ago.

Gary was a collector and liked scoring good deals at auctions. He also loved finding new homes for many of his auction scores by generously sharing with friends and family. Gary thoroughly enjoyed all kinds of sweet baked goods. He was a train enthusiast. He hunted, traveled (especially to Vegas), bowled and spent many content hours outdoors. Gary was happiest with a chainsaw in his hand or pulling tree stumps with his truck. His neighbors often referred to him as the “Park Ranger” because of his floppy hat and diligent grounds keeping.

He will be dearly missed.

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Survivors include his wife, Cathy Lyons of Carbondale; daughter, Tammy Specht (James) of Colorado; grandchildren, Christopher and Jordyn; stepchildren, Jennifer Wharton (Greg) of Murphysboro, and Jeremy Toll of Jackson, Missouri; stepgrandchildren, Tristen Toll, Emma Toll and Jeremiah Wharton; sisters, Mary Jean Fisher of Coronado, California, and Marilyn Fisher (Al) of Villa Park; nephews, Michael and Christopher and niece, Jennifer; and well as several cherished lifelong friends, Alan Chaney and many others, you know who you are.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary's wish was to be cremated with no services.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial donations are suggested to GreenPeace and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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