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Lyon Steven Trainor

January 29, 1945 — April 17, 2023

Davenport Crystal Lake

Lyon Steven Trainor, 78, of Oakwood Hills passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2023. He was born on January 29,1945 in Decatur, IL to Gerald and Melba Trainor of Lovington.

Lyon earned his undergraduate degree at Western IL University. He went on to Northern IL University where he earned his master’s degree. While attending Western, he met and fell in love with Angela “Fran” Gore. On August 17,1968, Lyon and Fran were married. Together, they celebrated 54 beautiful years and were blessed with two children, Tara and Tyrone.

Lyon’s career spanned 32 years as an English teacher at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Lyon was a music devotee, loved attending concerts, and assembling theme music videos and CDs. He shared his passion for music with his students as he taught a special History of Rock n’ Roll course and directed the Variety Show at Hersey for several years.

Above all, family was most important to Lyon. He loved and cherished every visit from his children and grandchildren. He coached his son’s baseball team for 10 years, each one successful.

Upon his retirement in 2001, Lyon and Fran got to travel to England and Italy. He then spent his time substitute teaching for several years, then spending quieter times at home babysitting sick grandsons, loving his TV shows and movies and sports.

Lyon is survived by his loving wife, Fran; children: Tara L (David) Zapatka and Ty S (Alison) Trainor; grandchildren: Jackson Zapatka, Garrett Zapatka, Maddux Zapatka; Keiran Trainor, Camila Trainor; his sister Marlene (David) Selby; and sister-in-law Nancy Trainor. Nephews and nieces: Matt (Lisa Schneider) Jenkins; Kyra (Kate) Trainor; Todd Trainor; Beth (Trainor) and Lance Kuykendall; Trent (Gayle) Trainor; Wyatt Jenkins and all their children.

He was preceded in death by his brother, David A. Trainor and his parents.

Services for Lyon will be held at a later date.

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