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Ralph C. Lyon

Death Date: April 16, 2018

Ralph C. Lyon, 90, of Decatur, went to be with the Lord at 7:40 PM Monday, April 16, 2018 in Moweaqua Rehab and Health Care with his family by his side.

Ralph was born August 10, 1927 in Allegre, Kentucky, the son of Wallace and Hazel (Slaughter) Lyon. He was a salesman with the Buick Dealership in Decatur retiring after forty-eight years of service. Ralph was the number one salesman for many years and had a dedicated following of customers. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. Ralph enjoyed cars, fishing especially in a boat on Clinton Lake, and hunting especially pheasants and quail. He married Dorothy (Peavler) Starnes on April 20, 1964.

Ralph is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons Ron (Lenora) Lyon and Jeff (Laurie) Lyon, stepson Gary (Cindy) Starnes, brothers Charles Lyon and Benny (Linda) Lyon, nine grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Ralph was reunited in Heaven with his parents and brother Paul Lyon.

Ralph’s family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Moweaqua Rehab and Health Care for all of their loving care and support.

Graveside services to celebrate Ralph’s life will be 10:00 AM Friday, April 20, 2018 in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials in Ralph’s honor may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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April 19, 2018
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April 20, 2018
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  1. I never knew Ralph very well, but deepest sympathy to his son Jeff and family. Jeff and his mother lived on our home in the country for years .Sure sorry, Jeff. Hope you are doing well. Stop by if ever in Mt. Pulaski. Bob Gasaway

  2. Will miss 'Kentuck' as we fondly called him–it was a long time before I knew his real name. He carried a baby picture of John in his billfold and would have to show it to us pretty much every time he would stop by the house. His energy was contagious and oh how he loved to tell stories and he definitely enjoyed life. I am sure he is now telling stories up there and making people laugh–Rest in Peace 'Kentuck' from Janet, Julie and Randy–You will be missed!!!!

  3. So very Sorry. I will miss Uncle Ralph. I always ran into him at Walmart. He would always talk to me, made me laugh. Ask how I was doing, he had a good heart. He also had to tell me how old he was, then he would smile. I will sure miss him , I will think of him every time I go to walmart, & that’s a lot. I’m sure he is beside my Dad now

  4. "Kentuck" will forever be a part of our childhood memories as an honorary member of the Cherry family. Great man and brought much laughter to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. – The children of Ed Cherry

  5. Ralph was the best ever. Sold me my first car from his dealership. He will be missed. Loved seeing him at family events while I was growing up.

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