Mildred Lyons

Mildred Lyons


Mildred Lyons, age 96, of Ossian, IA died on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA.  

Memorial Service was held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 208 North Vine St, in West Union, IA with Rev. Don Best and Rev. Terry Landsgaard presiding.

Visitation was from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the Wild Woods Event Center, 110 W. Main St., in Ossian, IA and also after 10:00 a.m. at the church in West Union on Friday morning.  The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mildred Lucille (Miller) Lyons was born on April 21, 1925 to Christian and Gertrude (Hill) Miller in Alexander, IA.  She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at the Methodist Church in Clarion, IA.  Mildred graduated from Clarion High School in 1944.  

On July 22, 1944, she married Lester Lyons at the Methodist Parsonage in Clarion.  They became parents of eleven children.  Together they farmed in various communities and moved to their home in Ossian in 1993 before moving to the Ossian Senior Hospice in May of 2021.  Mildred had worked at Montgomery Ward, was a bookkeeper for Pioneer Seed, Sweeney’s Village Farm and Home and the Ossian Senior Hospice.  

Mildred was known as mom to many youths around the state.  She was a 4-H Leader for 22 years and was a youth advisor for local and state Jr. Holstein Association.  She was one of the founders of the Holstein Cookbook, spending many hours making it a huge success.  She enjoyed attending many cattle shows, fairs and watching her grandkids at their sporting events.  Mildred was known at the Iowa State Fair for soaping the “Old Mill” and joining kids “young and old” going down the giant slide.

Lester and Mildred enjoyed ballroom dancing.  Her cookie jar was always full of chocolate chip cookies for any visitor and a candy drawer for the grandkids.  Any family gathering had her cranberry and lemon/lime salads, with the day ending with goulash (made with home grown tomatoes) and chips.  She always had a large garden.

She was a diehard Chicago Cub fan along with her son Scott and many other family members.  She always loved cuddling babies and kitties.  She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church.  Mildred was one of the founders and secretary for the Iowa Holstein Futurity, was on the board at Spectrum Industries and ARC in Decorah, Iowa State Holstein Auxiliary and on the first NICC Dairy Foundation Board.  She was recipient of the Holstein Hall of Fame and 4-H Alumni for Winneshiek County.  Mildred was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015.      

Mildred is survived by her eleven children: Diane (Larry) Geisler, Monona, IA; Marcia (Rusty) Hansen, Cedar Falls, IA; Stanley Lyons, Ossian, IA; Gloria (Len) Swestka, Oconomowoc, WI; Nancy (Gary) Sacquitne, Decorah, IA; Dennis (friend; Sally) Lyons, Manchester, IA; Scott Lyons, Decorah, IA; Becky (Clarence) Winkler, Ossian, IA; Doug (Lynnette) Lyons, Castalia, IA; David (Nancy) Lyons, West Union, IA and Brian (Valerie) Lyons, Ossian, IA.  Grandchildren: Kim Welsch; Deanna (Todd) Haberichter; Pam (Dan) Havlicek; Alicia (Steve) Fuller; Jeremy (Tonya) Geisler; Teresa (Robert) Robinson; Karol (Gary) Kueker; Stacie (Tim) Fobian; Shari’s surviving spouse, Mike Bauler; Anna (Jeremy) Kemmer; Tina Walstad; Nicole (Randy) Warne; Jody Swestka; Katie (Jared) Petersen; Andy (Ali) Sacquitne; Cody (friend; Hannah) Sacquitne; Caleb (friend; Leah) Lyons; Julie (Brandan) McKean; Jill (Elliot) Imoehl; Jason (Rachel) Winkler; Carly (Trace) Steere; Michael Lyons; Isaac (fiancé; Miranda Cook) Lyons; Tucker Lyons; Joridy (fiancé; Rebecca Chmielewski) Lyons and Joshua (friend; Christina) Lyons.  Great grandchildren: Spencer Welsch; CJ (Jessica) Doerring; Daisha Beaty; Aspen Havlicek; Max Havlicek; Zach Zwirlein; Trey Courtney; Madyson Courtney; Clare Courtney; Serenity Geisler; Ashley (Logan) White; Robert Robinson; Julie (friend; Mick) Robinson; Dru (friend; Krista) Kueker; Justin Kueker; Megan Kueker; Emily Fobian; Alli (friend; Zach) Fobian; Sami Fraze; Josh Fraze; Olivia Kemmer; Josie Kemmer; Isabella Kemmer; Cameron (fiancé; Bailey Whiting) Warne; Maytie Warne; Emily Warne; Brodie Wittchow; Morgan Petersen; boy Sacquitne, due in December; Trenton McKean; Trevor McKean; Gatlin Imoehl; Harper Winkler; baby Winkler, due in June; Tate Steere and Trevin Steere.  Great great-grandchildren: Carsen Miller; Laiken Doerring; Kohen Doerring; Rhett Beaty; Blake Beaty and Layne Kueker along with many nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Lester Lyons in 2002.  Daughter-in-law: Shirley Lyons.  Granddaughter: Shari Ann Bauler.  Great grandson: Roland Welsch III.  Parents: Christian and Gertrude (Hill) Miller.  Siblings: Florence (Tom) Valen; LeRoy (Lydia) Miller; Morris (Joyce) Miller and Joyce (Wendell) Nail.  Father and mother-in-law: Walter and Louisa (Slining) Lyons.  Brothers and sistersin-law: Ruth MacDonald; Homer (Ruth) Lyons; Donald (Jamie) Lyons; Jeanette (James) Lindsay and Walter (Jane) Lyons Jr.    

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