Lawrence Robert Lyness, 86, Schell City, Mo., was born March 4, 1921, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Fred Daniel and Inez Leota (Davisson) Lyness. He passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at his home.
In February 1942, Lawrence was united in marriage to Bessie Dingess. To this union two children were born, Donna and Sherry. Bessie preceded Lawrence in death in 1945.
On November 10, 1950, Lawrence was united in marriage to Doris Elaine Conoley, his lifetime love and faithful companion for 57 years. To this union three children were born, Elaine, Robert (Bobby), and Wilbur (Willie).
Lawrence served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force 768th Technical School Squadron. His honorable service was recognized by two bronze stars, one for the German Rhineland and the second for the campaign of Central Europe.
Lawrence loved the outdoors. His hobbies included his tractors, honey bees, gardening, hunting, fishing and in his younger years farming. In later years, he enjoyed visiting with fellow serviceman at various Tank Squadron re-unions. He was a devoted husband and loving father and especially enjoyed spending time with his many young grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the church and will be dearly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Doris, of the home; three daughters, Donna Jacobs and husband, Robert, Dewey, Okla., Sherry Reeves and husband, Larry, Blue Springs, Mo., Elaine Allen, Schell City; two sons, Robert Lyness and wife, Teresa, Walker, and Wilbur Lyness of the home; three sisters, Leota Lewis, Margie Turnham, and Lee Jane Hillard, all of Kansas City area; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held a 10 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Park Street Christian Church, El Dorado Springs, Mo., with Steve Bond and Mike Brixey officiating. Musical selections were provided by Tammy Bond, David Souza, Bud Benskin, and Brandon Watkins. Pallbearers were Russell Souza, Gary Kurtz, Allen Daulton, Travis Bryson, Tim Carter, Scott Watkins, and Robert Allen.
Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City, Mo., under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.