Lyons – Van, 94,
died November 11 in Lebanon. He was born in Paraloma, AR
moving to Stayton in 1973 from California and living in Lyons
the last 10 years.
Van served in the US Navy during WWII,
Korea and Vietnam, teaching welding on jet engines. He was
serving aboard the USS Hornet when it sank. Van later owned
and operated Van’s Customs Steel, making beautiful rod iron
metal masterpieces around Stayton, including the Star on the
water tower and the water fountain at Pioneer Park.
He was a
member of the Kiwanis, the Mason’s, and the Shriner’s
Scottish Rite Temple holding the 32 degree. Van made the
bathtubs that the Shriner’s use in parades and later a Fez
used in parades. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and square
dancing. Van was always volunteering and signed up over 190
children for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Betty Love on March 15, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA. Van is
survived by his wife: Betty of Lyons; children: Vanna Hoop of
Sublimity and Dan Burroughs of Lyons; 15 grandchildren and 16
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers.
Celebration of Life will be Saturday, December 6, 2014 from
2-5 pm at the Masonic Hall 122 N. Third Avenue in
Stayton. Contributions may be made to Shriner’s Children’s
Hospital. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.