Daniel B. Lyons III, 85, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Queenstown, Md., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
Lyons grew up in Silver Spring, Md. He attended Montgomery Blair High School, graduating in 1949. He was a member of the ROTC and attended the University of Maryland, graduating in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in transportation. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force as an officer and used the skills he learned in school, becoming the transportation officer at the Orlando Air Force Base.
Lyons continued his work in the transportation industry in the private sector and became a very knowledgeable and successful businessman within the moving and storage industry. He worked with a number of corporations before becoming a partner in his own venture, Southland Container. Lyons loved to work and continued working as a consultant into his late 70s.
While attending college at the University of Maryland, Lyons became very interested in the volunteer fire service and cultivated that passion from that point forward, serving with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
In addition to his passion for work and the fire department, he also found time to be active with other organizations, such as the Elks Lodge, and serve on boards for the Fort Miles Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership for Chesapeake Bay. He was also a faithful member of Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church.
Lyons was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel B. Lyons Jr. and Louise (Quinlan) Lyons; a sister, Sally Bland; and his son, Daniel B. Lyons IV. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret “Peg” (Crawford) Lyons; a daughter, Kathy Lyons, and her husband, John Eckrich, of Bethany Beach; two grandchildren, Matt and Maggie Eckrich; and three great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Emsley and Quinnlen Crater.
Services were scheduled for Nov. 10, 2016, at Mariners Bethel UMC, Ocean View, Del., Burial will be held privately at Hopewell UMC Cemetery, Downingtown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Beach Vol. Fire Co. or to Mariners Bethel UMC Momentum Campaign. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.