GRANADA, NICARAGUA AND HOULTON - Raymond L. Lyons, 79, passed away at his home on April 21, 2015, in Granada, Nicaragua, of natural causes. He was born on May 21, 1935, in Houlton, Maine to Olive Kelly Lyons and Ralph Alan Lyons.
He attended school in Houlton, Maine and Leominster, Mass. Upon graduation, he joined the US Marine Corp for three years, serving time in Japan. He then worked as a construction worker on the N.Y. State seaway for two years.
He graduated from Utica Technical Institute in 1961, and was employed at General Electric in Utica, NY as an electronics technician. In 1966, he joined the Border Patrol in San Ysidro, California. He spent 25 years employed in the Border Patrol in Maine, Vermont and California, retiring in 1990.
Ray was an avid reader with a continual thirst for knowledge. He received a Bachelors in English from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, and in 1990, he received his Masters in English from Texas University. He then attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia where he taught computer skills and fraud.
One of Ray's main interests was his love of animals, namely his favorite horse Appy, and his special dogs, Mooch, Sooty, and Mittens. He also enjoyed judo, camping, fishing, shooting little falls on the St. Croix River, and hunting.
Many of Ray's favorite times were at the family camp. The camp was his pride and joy and the family remembers many eventful cross country trips from California to Maine to get there for summer vacations.
While living in El Centro, California, he was a member of the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Posse, participating in rescues, reenactments, and parades. He started Judo clubs in both Topsfield and Calais, Maine, both teaching and competing in the sport. He was a second degree black belt and won 1st in his weight division in the State of Maine.
Ray is survived by Ann Lee Lyons, mother of his four children; Erin Flannery of Hampden, Kelly Lowe and husband, Tim of Princeton, Shawn Lyons and his wife, Sylvina of Beals Island, and Tracy Bergmann and her husband, Daryl of Auburn; 6 grandchildren, Chad Dwelley and wife, Katie, Raynel Dwelley, Andi Flannery, Harold Lyons, Shawn Handler, Samuel Lyons; and 2 great-grandchildren, Reagan and Gavin Dwelley; a sister, Elizabeth Sheasly and her children, Patrick Egan and wife, Evangline and Roberta DeGreve and husband, Dale; and cousins Robert Lyons and wife, Sharon, Janet Sirois and husband, Tom, David Lyons and wife, Karen.
Ray was predeceased by infant son, Kerry Lyons; his mother, Olive Pappas; his father, Ralph Lyons; and brother, William Lyons.
Ray will be remembered by family in a private ceremony per his wishes.