James Alfred Lyons, 60, died in his home in The Dalles, Ore., Feb. 19, 2013, with his beloved 18-year-old cat, Tu Tu on his belly.
Al, or “Hippy” as he had been known, was born Nov. 1, 1952, in Kent, Ore., to James and Jacqueline (Markham) Lyons. He and his older brother Carl lived with his parents for a brief time in Rufus. He lost both of his parents before his 10th birthday, so he and his brother lived for 14 years with their grandparents in the coastal community of Warrenton, Ore. Upon graduation in 1972, he began working for Tygh Valley Sand and Gravel, moving on to the Ashley ranch, in Tygh Valley, Ore. He ran the gravel plant, did some demolition work, and helped install wells and irrigation lines on the ranch. He also worked for a couple of years for Williams Trucking, hauling wheat. He moved with the family business into The Dalles, most recently driving mixer truck for The Dalles Concrete.
In 1994 he married his, longtime girlfriend Marge Johnson Walker. They enjoyed many years of camping, and spinning around the dance floor to the Lee Anderson Band.
He is survived by his wife Marge, a brother Carl, and his other family, the Fred Ashley clan.
A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Hills RV Park “Log Cabin” (one half mile after crossing The Dalles bridge). Bring a favorite coffee cup, and a story to share.
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