My Dad at his nephews wedding, Greg!!
George William Lyons
  • 73 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 2, 1942
  • Place of birth:
    Marquette, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 22, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Let the memory of George be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, George Lyons, 73, born on September 2, 1942 and passed away on November 22, 2015. We will remember him forever.

George Lyons, also known as "Grandpa George", "Puppy Master", "Honey", and of course "Daddy", passed away on Sunday 11/22/15 after fighting for his life for 3months in the hospital.  Geroge had many health issues but over the past year his COPD and Parkensins became a huge battle.  George had been intubated in order to perform a procedure with the intentions of getting off quickly and recovering with no problems.  Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

George was a proud father to his son, Tim Lyons, and daughter, Tracy Ollech.  He was also very proud of his 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.  Unfortunately with the long distance between his family he was not able to see his family often but he held them very close and dear to his heart and was so proud of all of them. 

George lived in Phoenix, AZ for the past 30+ years where he enjoyed the weather so much, loved spending time with his companion, Joy Scott, and loved to be with his puppies.  He loved to call back home and rub in the weather to all whom he loved.  He also loved to cook.  He managed a bar / pub, Wine Burger, for many many years where he ran the kitchen and did all the prepping and cooking.  He was known there for many of his recipes, one of many personal favorites would be his "chilli".  During his time at home he was always surrounded by his 3 puppies Chloe, Millie, and Emmie.  He loved them so much and they really kept him going. 

George is survived by his son, Tim Lyons along with his wife Mary Lyons and his  children Amy Syring, Benjamin Breckheimer, and Kayla Lyons.  He is also survived by his daughter Tracy Ollech, her husband Brian Ollech and there two daughters, Breanna and Jordan Ollech.  He also had his Great Grandson, Bryce Lyons.  He is survived by his sisters, Patti, Mary, Judy, and his brohter Brian as well as cousins and nieces and nephews.  George is also survived by two chilhood friends, Jeep and Tom and his loving companion for the past 28 years, Joy Scott.  

George will forever be missed and the pain will live forever, but we all know he would want us to celebrate his life and have laughter in our hearts.  Please share stories, photos, and memories on this memorial.  It will bring us tears but it will also fill our hearts with love and laughter.

Daddy you will forever be missed, but your love will live in our hearts forever.   

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by M. Lou on 22nd November 2017

"It's been 2 years without you my friend.  I luv our little visits in the park.  So happy you wanted your resting place to be here.  God love and Bless you " MY FOREVER BEST FRIEND"  M.Lou"

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 22nd November 2017

"2 years has come and gone.  I miss hearing your voice so much. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you.  RIP Daddy and until we meet again.  ❤️"

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 22nd November 2017

"Another year has come and gone.
There's not a day goes by that I don't think about you and talk to you.
I will love you forever and ever........"

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 3rd September 2017

"2 years ago today was one of the worst days in my life. We came home from a late birthday breakfast,and for what ever reason you fell, went to the hospital and never came home. We never though it would have come to that.I love you so much and you will always be in my heart.The girls miss you so much too,they are tired of my cooking. You are the best.
Love you forever"

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 2nd September 2017

"Happy Heavenly Birthday Daddy!! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you.  I miss hearing your voice so much!! Love you so much and until we meet again!!"

This tribute was added by M. Lou on 2nd September 2017

"Hope your having a great day, Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you, like always.  There is two big white rockers on the front porch now.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FOREVER BEST FRIEND OF MINE."

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 2nd September 2017

"Happy Birthday my love, there isn't a day go by that I don't think about you.You are so missed.
I love you more and more each day"

This tribute was added by Jordan Ollech on 31st May 2017

"Grandpa. Oh my. Not a day goes by that I do not think about you and just wish we could eat chips and bean dip one more time. Every time I go to Starbucks I think about you and how much you loved your coffee. Thanks for getting me hooked lol. As I went to Vegas this past week I could imagine how much fun you would have. Swimming, eating, gambling, shopping, etc. so much things my grandpa loved to do. We could party just him and i. As long as we had chips dip and coffee. Explaining to people what it was like to hold your hand and then have to say good bye one last night is miserable. I run on fragments talking about it. I know if you were here you would be so happy to hear your JJ was moving back to the Cheese State. I also know you would be so happy with all the accomplishments me and Bre have made. It makes me so sad to know you won't be in the crowd during our graduation. I miss you so much grandpa. Words can never explain... love always!"

This tribute was added by M. Lou on 22nd November 2016

"I know you aren't very happy with your beloved "Packers" but I know they will come back and flourish.  Thinking of you today like I do everyday, but so hard to think it has been a year since the phone call that I knew was coming.  We my be far apart, but you are always in my heart, 'FOREVER BEST FRIEND OF MINE'."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 21st November 2016

I know tomorrow is your official one year date to when you earned your angel wings but I felt the need to leave my tribute today.  One year ago today I spent the day with you along with Jordie, Auntie Patti, and Joy.  It was such a difficult day watching you lay there with your eyes closed, knowing tomorrow the machines would be turned off, waiting anxiously for Tim to arrive, and lastly knowing Bre and Brian were doing everything in there power to get on a flight but Mother Nature wasn't allowing that to happen.  There were so many emotions.  I knew the best thing for you was to leave this place and go in peace but it's so hard saying good bye, it's so hard letting go.  I to this day can't help but wonder the "what ifs".  BUT I do know your body was so tired and it was your time.  I miss you each and every day, I wonder often if you're with mom, and I often reflect back on so many memories I have.  I love you Daddy always and forever and until we meet again!! ❤️"

This tribute was added by M. Lou on 2nd September 2016

"Hey, thinking of you today"BEST FRIEND OF MINE" you know those memories that make you laugh out loud? I know you are making some new ones today.  When a heart is empty filling it with happy memories always helps.  When I count my blessings you are always on top of the list.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEST FRIEND OF MINE."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 2nd September 2016

"Happy Birthday Daddy!!! It is so hard to believe that a year ago tomorrow I received a call that I never would have imagined was going to lead to you being in the hospital for 2 1/2 months.  I miss you so very much each and everyday.  Not a day goes by I don't think about you.  I hope you're able to celebrate with all your angel family and friends today and it brings happiness to my heart knowing that you are completely pain free!! Love you so much and until we meet again!!!"

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 2nd September 2016

"Happy Birthday Honey,
Tomorrow will be a year you went in the hospital,we had just come back from a day late birthday breakfast,with a apple pie you wanted for your birthday. I kept it for the whole time you were in the hospital
hoping you would be back at home to eat it.I miss you so much, I just can't believe it's been a year since you went away from me and the girls. I think and talk to you every day. I hope you have piece and no pain and you are in a better place. I love you foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 14th July 2016

"Absolutely Beautiful, thats the exact words when I think about "your celebration of life".  Dad it was such a beautiful day.  I need to share a couple moments that I will forever cherish from the day.  First as we are preparing the few things at the cemetery and greeting family and friends as they arrived I could't help but to keep noticing the sounds of the nature.  They were speaking so loudly and so beautifully.  I know your presence was there with us.  Also at the very beginning of the service it was somewhat cloudy and there were lots of big big trees, but that didn't stop the sun from coming out and shining so brightly on us.  It was such a moment for I felt you there with us.  Lastly as I referred in speech to how proud I was to be your daughter for whenever I went places with you people always knew you and you could tell how loved you were.  Well on this day you had family and friends come to help celebrate your life.  You were truly a loved man.  I hope that day was exactly how you would have wanted it and I now have peace in my heart knowing you are in Marquette where you wanted to be when you had to leave this earth.  As always, Love you Daddy with all my heart."

This tribute was added by M. Lou on 5th July 2016

""What a beautiful celebration of your life we all attended on 7/01/16 just for you, "Honey" What an amazing family you have. After spending time with all of them, i can see why you loved them so much, and were so proud of them. A lot of your lifetime friends were there for you, I know you saw them all. Memories are the legacy of love and you sure did leave enough to go around to all who knew and loved you.

          As I sleep you roam thru my mind, sweet loving "Best Friend Of Mine" I close my eyes and soon you are there. To hold my hand and touch my hair. You took away pain and many fears, you brought me laughter and sometimes tears, you gave me strength when i had none, you gave me courage when day was done. You will always be in this heart of mine, "MY BEST FRIEND TIL THE END OF TIME"

          That poem is my tribute to a wonderful man, that I have known for 56 years. My heart aches, but i know you are comfortable "Honey.""

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 11th June 2016

"I cannot even believe we are hitting the 7 month mark to when you received your angel wings.  I am sitting here today getting ready to write my speech for your celebration of life.  My mind is so confused on what to say for I still cannot believe you are gone.  I still wake up and think I can pick up the phone and call you.  Life has not been easy since I lost you and I just wish I could call you and share with you my life struggles.  I know everyone keeps telling me you are here with me and by my side at all times.  It just isn't the same and I miss you so very much!!!! I am anxiously waiting for the day to be here where we come together with family and friends to celebrate your life in Marquette, MI.  I miss you so much Daddy!!! Hope you are enjoying the view from the pink skies of heaven."

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 22nd April 2016

"I still miss you and not a day goes by that I don't talk to you.I love you so much.The girls still perk up when I mention your name.
Forever in my heart and memories,
I love you."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 21st April 2016

"It's so hard to believe that we are approaching 5 months since you went home to heaven.  I miss you so much and each day that goes past I miss hearing your voice.  Being that we lived to many miles apart I didn't get to see you everyday but I did get to hear your voice all the time and I miss those calls.  I've had to spend the last few weeks looking through lots and lots of pictures for Bre's 16th birthday and for Pops funeral.  It was heart warming to find so many pics with you.  The memories will be cherished forever.  Miss you Dad today and everyday!! Not a day goes by I don't think about you.  Until we meet again!! ❤️"

This tribute was added by jordan ollech on 20th April 2016

"Grandpa I miss you more than anything. I hope heaven is as amazing as you are. Thanks for watching over me everyday. Miss talking to you every week and hearing your stories. Love you so much!"

This tribute was added by jordan ollech on 2nd March 2016

"Grandpa! It has been over two months that i have lived day in and day out not hearing your voice or looking into your beautiful blue eyes. You're so lucky to have left us so peacefully with Tracy, Tim, Patty, Joy and me all by your side. I have not posted anything on here for it has taken me a while to hold onto the concept that you are gone. You're always on my mind and in my heart and with me through spirit. When i was 4 and in the hospital you stayed by my side day in and day out praying with me and look where it got me? I still sleep with my Irish Shamrock Bear everyday! My new puppy "Georgie" will never understand why that is his name, but i can tell you. Its because you were the puppy master! All dogs/ puppies loved you! And i know "georgie" would too! I found this during history one day and instintly thought of you, "Tears streamed down my face when I saw you that way.
I love you grandpa, I will love you every day.
As my tears raced down my face;
I knew you'd soon be in a happier place"
I did cry and im not afraid to admit it. I did scream and im not afraid to admit that either. I did feel betrayed but its okay! now i know that my best friend is peaceful in heaven. God Bless! No one will ever love anyone as much as we all loved you. NO Regrets grandpa! NEVER!! My favorite memories with my favorite person… softball games, spring training, grand canyon, hospital, "geek", coffee dates, garcias, tower ride, and soo many more!! i wont ever be able to hear your voice on the phone or come visit you until it is my time. But God knows you will forever be with me through spirit. I love you so much.
ps. Enjoy the pink skies in heaven❤️ and see you on July 4th((:

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 21st January 2016

"2 months today, and it  seems like forever that I lost you to  the angels above us.I think about you every single night and always tell you how much I love you and miss you. I believe you visited me the other night I saw you getting up and you blew me a kiss,even all of a sudden the girls started barking and going crazy.
You always treated me like a princess, now on my own it's like learning everything all over. I sure miss your back rubs.No one can miss you and love you as much as I do. I lost a part of me when you left me,Please be happy and no pain.......
forever and love always...
Kisses and Hugs forever...."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 21st January 2016

"Tomorrow will be 2 months since you left us and went to heaven where the skies are pink.  Missing my Dad more and more each day!! Missing those phone calls this time of year when you liked to talk about the weather.  It was so funny how the winter months was your favorite time to talk about sunny AZ.  Oh what I would give for that call right now.  Everyday I go into my basement to do my workout I can't help but think how the basement was built for "you", my family couldn't wait for you to move here.  God clearly had a different plan, and I realize that you are in a better place, BUT my selfish side wishes differently.  Daddy I will forever be " Daddy's girl" and look forward to the day we meet again.  Love you with all my heart!!!"

This tribute was added by Tim Lyons on 6th January 2016

"Missing my pops. My dad was a very caring person, if you were his friend, you were loved like family with my dad. Like most father and son, we did not see eye to eye most of the time, but as I have gotten older, (and as he told me when I was young, with age comes wisdom), I better understand how difficult life can be, and with no real how to books about raising kids like now, he was just trying do what he thought was best. No worries for my pops and I, cleared the deck many years ago, he was proud of me, and I was proud of him. It sometimes amazes me how much I can be like him. Another thing he told me long ago, " the nut don't fall to far from the tree. " Love ya pops, miss you."

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 22nd December 2015

"It's been a month today since you left and went to a better place.The pain within me is still so strong.I will always love you and please be in peace.You were in pain to long and I'm so sorry for that. I Love you forever. Please always remember me,love you so so much."

This tribute was added by Daniel Thomas on 11th December 2015

"I don't know what made me Google his name today. I haven't seen George in over 50 years. He was my best friend until we were 8 and we moved away. Then every summer when I came back to Marquette we took up as though I'd not been gone. I went in the army, George moved and we lost touch. He was a good and true friend and I've carried those good memories all these years. I am happy to read here of his full and productive life and of all who love him. - "Danny" Thomas 3rd & Michigan St."

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 10th December 2015

"I cried when you passed away. I cry today still. although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating,hard working hands at rest.
God broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the " best ""

This tribute was added by Linda Eldredge on 10th December 2015

You are missed more then I can say, but I know you are in a better place & pain free. If you find the time between football games, would you please take care of Jack, I know the two of you will be the best of buds. He is a sweet boy with lots of love to give, kind of like you!
We love you, The Big Guy & me"

This tribute was added by Mary Bakken on 7th December 2015

"To George's family:  We want to give a shout out to George and his extended family.  We just met Coach Brian, Tracy, Bre, and Jordan a few months ago (our daughter joined his softball team this past fall),.  But in that time we have come to see the remarkable Ollech family values.  Having heard about George, and now seeing a bit of his life story here, we can see that he was one of the sources for that strong sense of family.  It is wonderful to learn about someone this special.  His life and his gifts will live on in all of you.  Our deepest sympathy to you.  The Bakken Family."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 6th December 2015

"I hope everyone can enjoy this memorial of my Father.  I didn't realize how hard this loss would be as the days go on.  I have really enjoyed doing this memorial but the pain has become greater and greater each day.  I just want to pick up the phone and call him and hear his voice.  Dad I miss you so much and I sit hear and wonder if you heard my request the last day, "Have you told Mom I love her and miss her so much"!!! Here's to hoping you two are enjoying each others company.  Love you both with all my heart!!!"

This tribute was added by deborah zoerner on 6th December 2015

"God bless you in your forever life. Hugs to your family."

This tribute was added by Greg Sandell on 5th December 2015

"What an Uncle.  George was the best.  My brother and I loved him.  George will always be my Uncle....forever."

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 5th December 2015

"The last couple days has been so difficult for me Dad.  I have wanted nothing more than to pick up the phone and call you.  I miss you so very much!!!"

This tribute was added by Mary Lyons Roberts on 5th December 2015

Saying good-bye was difficult.  I'm thankful for the time we spent together.  No regrets, right Bro!!  You were and will always be in my heart.  With Love"

This tribute was added by Joy Scott on 5th December 2015

I miss you so much,my heart is broken.At least your without pain.Your girls (Cloe,Millie and M.E.) miss you so much too.Just remember I will love you forever!! Your always in my heart,
With love always"

This tribute was added by Tim Lyons on 3rd December 2015

"Miss you dad, but I know you are in a better place, the Packer skybox in heaven. Enjoy the view, enjoy the company, and always know how much we love you! Go Pack!"

This tribute was added by tracy ollech on 2nd December 2015

"I love you Dad with all my heart and you will never be forgotten!!"

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