William Enard Lyons, 98, Indianapolis, died Monday, November 21, 2011. He was born September 19, 1913, in Vincennes, Indiana, the son of Walter L. and Anna L. (Williams) Lyons. His beloved wife, Alice Hider Lyons, preceded him in death in 1993. William is survived by Rose Willaker, niece, Shaffeah Rassmann, niece, David Hider, nephew, Zaheia Sanderson, niece, Alice Goode, niece, Jeneene West, niece, John Hider, nephew. “Uncle Bill” as he was affectionately known, wanted it to be said that Jeneene West and Shaffeah Rassmann served as guardian angel, caretakers during his last years.
William graduated from Lincoln High School in 1931 and attended one year at I.U. where he worked for room and board at the Costas brothers’ restaurant, the Book Nook, before the depression caused his return home. After attending Vincennes University one semester, he worked at abstracting real estate titles in Knox County then worked for the receivership of the First National Bank, under the Comptroller of the Currency. In 1937 he began employment with the I.R.S. travelling throughout Indiana, setting up files for the Social Security Tax which was inaugurated that year.
As one of the first “Selectees” for World War II, he returned to Vincennes to join the troop train to Fort Benjamin Harrison where he was inducted into the Army on April 7,1941. After completing basic training with the 38th Infantry Division at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, he was accepted for Officer’s Candidate School at Miami Beach, Florida and was graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in December of 1942. Arriving in England near the end of 1943, he was assigned to the 492nd Bomb Group which was engaged in O.S.S. “Carpet bagging” activities – supplying and aiding the Marquis of France and other underground armies on the continent. Based in the Midlands of England, the group had sub-bases near Lyons, France, where his duties took him. He remained with this group until his return home in August, 1945. He was finally separated from the service November 25, 1945. (Total length of military Service – 4 years, 8 months).
Returning to home, he requested a station in Vincennes with the I.R.S., so that he could be with his ailing mother. Upon her death, he transferred to Indianapolis, so that he could attend night school under the G.I. Bill, where he graduated from I.U. School of Law in 1954. He was employed in the U.S. Treasury Appellate Division when he retired in 1978. (Total employment with U.S. Treasury – 43 years).
In 1998 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of both Lincoln High School and James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School at Vincennes, where he has endowed the “Lyons Den” computer lab. He also has given endowments to the Vincennes YMCA, where he received the Ray Beless Accomplishment Award and Vincennes University, where he was made an honorary member of the William Henry Harrison Society. He is also a member of the Academic Society of the High School, the Vincennes Education Foundation, the Indiana Literacy Foundation, and the Indiana Historical Society and is also a 50 year member of Lodge #1 F&AM Masonic.
Funeral services will be held at Harry W. Moore Funeral Care & Crematory, 8151 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Visitation will be Friday, November 25th at 4-7 p.m. Funeral service will follow on Saturday at St. George Orthodox Christian Church, 4020 N Sherman Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46226 at 11 a.m. followed by a procession to Washington Park East Cemetery and a Mercy Dinner at Khourys Restaurant at 1850 Broadripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
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