Obituary: Joanne Redak Lyon
January 7, 1931 – May 5, 2013
Joanne Redak Lyon died in her sleep May 5, 2013. Joanne was born January 7, 1931 in Pueblo, CO as was her mother, Rita Fist Redak. Her father, H. Ralph Redak was born in Raton, Territory of New Mexico. Joanne grew up in Denver, CO. She was 17 when she met her husband-to-be, Lee, on a blind date arranged by her grandmother, and they were married the next summer and moved to Kansas City, Lee’s hometown. Two children were born over the next four years. Joanne attended Mills College and later the Kansas City Art Institute. She bred and showed schnauzers and boxers. She was a real estate agent for Eugene D Brown and later took a job as Director of Development for Kansas City Public Television (KCPT). She was in charge of fundraising that allowed the station to purchase the KCMO TV building so that KCPT could move from a Quonset hut on the city’s outskirts to a fine TV facility in midtown. Joanne was a strong outdoor woman. She biked from Milan to Venice, SCUBA dove in Mexico, the Caribbean, and many times in the South Pacific. She trekked in Tibet, Peru, Columbia, and overnight packed on many trails in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joanne and Lee purchased a condominium in Aspen, CO in 1974 and became full-time residents in 1977. Joanne opened the Joanne Lyon Gallery and ran it for 16 years. She was on the board and later president of Anderson Ranch Art Center. Joanne and a couple of other forest enthusiasts began a volunteer wilderness program with the blessing of the US Forest Service. She then went to work as a paid Wilderness Ranger for the Forest Service and a few years later quit to help run the volunteer organization, now called the Forest Conservancy. Today, there are over 125 uniformed volunteer wilderness rangers patrolling trails in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joanne continued to walk the back country daily for the Forest Conservancy until cancer forced her retirement. Joanne leaves her husband, Lee, of the home, two children, Michael Lyon (Linda) of Kansas City, MO and Patricia Brown (Andrew) of Stilwell, KS, seven grandchildren, Leslie Mische (Marc) of Redondo Beach, CA, Megan Bennett (Jesse) of Kansas City, Cecily Palamara (Mike) of Boulder, CO, Allegra Lyon of Fort Collins, CO, Maxwell Lyon of Portland, OR, Andrew Goldberg (Lauren) of Chicago, IL, Scott Goldberg of Venice, CA and five great grandchildren. At Joanne’s request, no funeral service is planned. Contributions may be sent to: – The Forest Conservancy,1012 Brookie Dr, Carbondale, CO 81623, (970) 963-8071, forestconservancy.com – Aspen Animal Shelter, 101 Animal Shelter Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, (970) 544-0206, dogsaspen.com – Aspen Valley Hospital Oncology Department, 0401 Castle Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-1120, aspenvalleyhospital.org
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