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Lee Lyon

1924 — 2016
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Lee Lyon, 91, died February 25, 2016 of complications after a fall. Born 1924, Kansas City, Missouri, son of Leslie Lyon and Beth Ripley. Graduated Southwest High School and entered Harvard University, 1941. Enlisted US Army Air Corps immediately after Pearl Harbor and left Harvard for flight training as a pilot. Served a year overseas flying transports in China, Burma, India theatre. Returned to Harvard and graduated 1947 as class of ‘45 with a degree in economics.

Married Joanne Redak, 1949. Entered the family cattle hide processing business, M. Lyon & Co., in Kansas City. Developed modern material handling methods and held several patents for processing bi-products. Built one of the world’s largest tanneries.

Sold the business and moved to Aspen 1978 for skiing, road biking and to pursue a professional career as a studio potter using the “nom de pot” M C Fire. Maintained a winter studio at Anderson Ranch and joined the Ranch board and later served as board president. Became interested in the incipient studio glass movement and installed a studio for the production of hot cast glass producing one-of-a-kind doors, walls, windows, furniture and sculpture. In 2011, business partner Jacqueline Spiro took over the glass studio.

Moved to Kansas City 2013 following Joanne’s passing. Two children, Mike Lyon (Linda) and Pat Brown (Andy). Seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two small dogs.

At Lee’s request, no funeral service is planned. Contributions may be sent to: AndersonRanch.org

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