John Barclay Lyman, 71, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 24, at the First? Congregational United Church of Christ, Belle Plaine, Iowa. Pastor Pete Hagglund officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine. Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 23, at Hrabak Funeral Home, Belle Plaine. Memorials may be made to First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine; El Kahir Shrine, Cedar Rapids; American Cancer Society/Benton; Hospice of St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids; or a charity of the donor’s choice.


John Barclay Lyman, 71, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 24, at the First? Congregational United Church of Christ, Belle Plaine, Iowa. Pastor Pete Hagglund officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine. Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 23, at Hrabak Funeral Home, Belle Plaine. Memorials may be made to First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine; El Kahir Shrine, Cedar Rapids; American Cancer Society/Benton; Hospice of St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born May 10, 1938, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Glenn L. and Lucille (Tatge) Lyman. He graduated from Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids in 1956 and Iowa State University in 1961, with a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. On June 24, 1962, he married Florence Fuller of Princeton, Mo. A strong advocate of education, he taught industrial arts and computer science in the Cedar Rapids school system for more than 20 years, then was service manager of Quad County Implement, Blairstown, Iowa, for 14 years before retiring in May, 2008. He also was a farmer and cattle feeder. He was a member of the Iowa and Benton County Cattlemen’s Association. He was an active member of Hope Lodge No. 175 of Belle Plaine, Crescent Lodge No. 25, Scottish Rite and El Kahir Shrine of Cedar Rapids. He was born into a family that loved music and throughout his lifetime he played in numerous area bands including the Iowa State Concert Band, El Kahir Shrine Band, Belle Plaine American Legion Czech Polka Band, Party Time Polka Band, and the Skylarks Dance Band.

Survivors include his wife, Florence; a son and spouse, Alan and Karen Lyman of Cambridge; a daughter, Karen Jeanne Lyman of St. Joseph, Mo.; three grandchildren, Andrea, Lauren and Justin Lyman of Cambridge; a sister and spouse, June and William D. Agnew of Summerville, S.C.; a niece and spouse, Patricia and Steve Fodor and a nephew, John Agnew of Columbus, Ohio; and an uncle and spouse, Albert F. and Ruth Lyman of Belle Plaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, an aunt, Nell Tatge; an uncle, John Tatge and a cousin, Jack Tatge.