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“Such a wonderful and delightful gentleman. Earl reminded me a lot of my own grandfather, and I always enjoyed seeing him when he came through my...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Christian Ott - Boone, IA

“Vera and family very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Earl when we were outside he always had stories to tell no matter what...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kevin Samples - Beatrice, NE

“Growing up in the Hanover Community in the 1970's was a good time. Earl was a great local cop to have around. I remember when my husband(now) and I...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Donna and Don Wilkinson - Hanover, KS

“Dear Family,I was saddened to hear of Earl's passing. My thought and prayers are with you all.I knew Earl as a teenager in Hanover, in the 70's, when...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Nate Behrens - Kannapolis, NC

“We have so many great memories of Earl & Vera while they lived in Beatrice, NE and both worked @Centenary United Methodist Church.Earl will be missed...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Shirley Terhune - Beatrice, NE

“Worked with Earl many years in Hanover, what a great guy will never forget him. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: dale cook - hanover, KS - Friend

“Earl was a great friend and coworker. We loved his sense of humor and willing- ness to lend a hand. Will never forget his high quality rain dance. ...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Don and Susan Martin - Hanover, KS

“I remember when Earl worked as custodian at Centenary United Methodist Church. He would make coffee for our Bible Study group which was very...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Colleen McClelland - Beatrice, NE

“My deepest sympathy for your loss of Earl. I have many great memories of our days in Comfrey with Earl and Little Harold. We were blessed to have...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Lyle Fredin - arvada, CO - Friend

“My sincere condolences. Earl and I grew up together. I think we met when we were 3 years old and hung around together through high school. Our...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Gersch - Englewood, FL

“Dear Family,We are so sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of Earl. Always so hard to lose a loved one. You all are in our thoughts &...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne & Linda Bierman - Beatrice, NE

“Earl was my classmate for 12 years There are stories I could tell about him in Catholic grade school. (He may be answering to a few nuns in his new...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Marianne Schotzko - Comfrey, MN

“Sorry to hear of your loss David and Doug is your dad I enjoyed riding around with him in Hanover many nights and you'll be greatly missed ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Kenny Rettig

“Sorry to hear of Earl's Passing. Earl was an old friend as we went to the same schools. I'll always remember him as a very kind and honest man. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Leon Haala - Springfield, MN

“Vera,Earl isn't in pain anymore. He always has a story or memory to tell you when he saw you at the store, post office, or even Walmart. He was known...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: larry & Deanna Leichliter - Ogden, IA

“So Sorry to hear of Earl's passing. Have many fond memories from our days in Comfrey ❤❤ ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Bob Carlson - Spicer, MN - Friend


Earl David (Butch) Lyons, 72, of Ogden, IA, formerly of Beatrice, NE, passed away at his home on Friday morning, March 23, 2018 after a two year battle with leukemia.

He was born December 15, 1945 to Earl Myron and Marie Josephine (Konz) Lyons in Selma Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. He attended St. Paul Catholic School and graduated from Comfrey High School in May 1964. Earl served in the US Army from 1965-1968; first serving in Germany, then volunteered to serve his last year in Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge in February 1968. Following his service, Earl married Ida Greenberg in May 1968. To this union, four children were born; David, Douglas, Dennis, and Lisa. He later married Vera (Clapper) Dappen on November 23, 1990. From that marriage, he gained two step-children; Ronald and Karen. Earl worked in Springfield, Minnesota at the Oakes Brick and Tile Co., Farm Automation in Beatrice, Nebraska, attended and graduated from Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and served as Police Chief at Hanover, Kansas for 12 years. Earl and his family then moved to Beatrice, Nebraska in 1985, where he worked as the custodian of the Centenary United Methodist Church until 2004. Shortly thereafter, he and wife, Vera, moved to Perry, Iowa, then to Ogden, Iowa that following March to make their home.

Earl was an avid gardener, always sharing produce with his neighbors, had a green thumb for yard work, was a shade tree mechanic working on automobiles and lawnmowers, loved to camp and fish, enjoyed old western movies and country western songs. He was known to be a jokester, and he never missed an opportunity to cruise the aisles of Walmart, no matter the location. Earl was a member of the American Legion for 44 years, currently of Post#55 of Ogden and was a Quilt of Valor recipient.

Earl is survived by his wife, Vera of Ogden, Iowa; four children, David (Christina) Lyons, Douglas Lyons (significant other, Kim Backer), Dennis (Jessica) Lyons, and Lisa Milke all of the Beatrice, NE area; two step-children Ronald (Katie) Dappen of Los Angeles, CA, and Karen (Anthony) Thompson of Granger, IA; fourteen grandchildren; four great granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Marie; Brother, James Lyons; Sisters Nellie Peterson, Eleanora (Nicky) Anacker, and Janet (Pudgy) Coners.

A memorial service will be held at the Community United Methodist Church of Ogden, IA on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Gary Hoyt officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m., until the time of the service at the church. A flag presentation will be conducted by the Boone Veterans Council. It was Earl's wishes to be cremated. His ashes, along with Vera's, will be buried at Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice, Nebraska at a later date. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with Carson Funeral Home in charge. For online obituaries and condolences visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com