Donald Lyle Lord, 94, of Lyons, Ohio, known for his beautiful smile and blue eyes, being a quintessential grandfather and humble servant of the Lord, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Kingston Care Center in Sylvania.
He was born on January 9, 1927 in Lyon to Ralph and Lola (Robinson) Seigneur. Lyle graduated from Lyons High School, and on March 16, 1952, he married his beloved wife, Yvonne Driskell. She passed away on November 18, 2016.
Lyle was drafted into the United States Army during World War II and served as a merchant marine on a ship carrying supplies. He was then recalled to serve in the Korean conflict. Lyle received 2 Purple Hearts. He was proud to be a member of the Lyons VFW Post # 7574 and was part of the burial team. Lyle was often seen working at the VFW Post, he was so proudly an active member of event planning, repairs, room cleanliness and ongoing preparation and a smiling waiter for the popular fries of fish.
Lyle was an avid athlete and played baseball and basketball in school. He continued to play baseball after returning from military service, even dreaming of playing professional baseball. Instead, he knew that being a devoted husband, father, and family man was more important. After returning from serve, Lyle also became an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing with his family and friends and traveled to play on various courses and in the local leagues. He loved to play with his father, the family even started their own family tournament when his siblings got hooked as well. He worked all year fine-tuning his game to face his family at the “Lord Open”.
Lyle worked for the Metamora Elevator, formerly known as Lyons Grainery. He came and went from his home every day, greeting everyone along the way. At Christmas, Lyle hoisted thousands of lights to form a 30-foot Christmas tree with a star atop the grain silo. Each year the display has grown to include lights forming a moving angel and greetings from different seasons written in lights. What started as the use of house lights to decorate the silo railing grew into a display that could be seen for miles around and featured in several newspapers and TV news.
Lyle was a life member of the Christian Church in Lyon, where he served as the director of the church. He took pride in the appearance of the church exterior and was responsible for keeping the lawn spotless. In addition to being very active in the church, he was also very proud of the Lyon community. He was known by most of the locals as the “Face of Lyon”. He loved his hometown and its people where, by choice, he would have lived until the end.
Lyle is survived by his son, Stephen (Sherry Decker) Lord and his daughter, Ann (Mark) Lord-Harris; daughter-in-law, Sara Lord Koch; her grandchildren, Shelly Beckman, Nichole (Chris) Dale, Chantel (Rico) King, Jordan (Allyson) Harris and Brittany (Marshall) Kupresanin; great-grandchildren, Kimberly Beckman, Kaya, Callie and Ryder King, Aiden and Lilly Foreman and Oliver Kupresanin; and great-great-grandchild, Skyler; brothers, Paul and Max and sisters, Vava and Vivian; as well as several nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. Besides his beloved wife, Yvonne, Lyle was predeceased by his parents; son, Gary Lord and sister, Reva Miller.
Friends and family can visit Tuesday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 413 E. Main St. in Metamora (419.644.3601). The funeral will be on Wednesday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lyon Christian Church, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Lyon cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Lyon Christian Church, 138 E. Morenci St., Lyons, Ohio 43533. Expressions of sympathy online can be made at
Posted by The Blade on September 12, 2021.