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Served as U.S. Military Chaplain for 28 Years

Chicago, IL  (February 19, 2010) – Fr. Leo Lyons, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and an Air Force Chaplain for nearly three decades, died on Thursday, February 18.   Fr. Lyons was 87 years old and had been living independently and assisting at St. Michael Parish in Orland Park.

A Chicago native born to parents of Irish decent, Fr. Lyons received his elementary education in four Catholic elementary schools before graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1941.  He graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in 1948 and was ordained that year by Samuel Cardinal Stritch.

Beginning in 1948, He served for eight years as assistant pastor of St. Mary Parish in Evanston before becoming a chaplain in the Air Force in 1956.  His military service lasted until his retirement in 1984.

 Fr. Lyons had a gift for bringing classmates and priests together, and he was generous in volunteering his services following his time in the military.  That service included working as a chaplain at Brother Rice High School, and volunteering his time at St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park, St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, St. Emeric in Country Club Hills and St. Agnes in Chicago Heights.

A wake for Fr. Lyons will take place on Monday, February 22, from 3 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 14327 Highland Avenue in Orland Park.  Most Rev. John Gorman, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Lyons on Tuesday, February 23, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Parish.  Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.  

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