Renate “Jackie” Lyon went to her eternal rest on Monday, June 24, 2019, surrounded by her family in a Bismarck hospital following a stroke on June 20, 2019.
Renate “Jackie” Lyon was born Renate Muller on July 9, 1940, in Vienna, Austria. She was the only daughter of Katharina Muller and Otto Ernst. Jackie was raised in Bavaria and grew up in places like Augsburg and Munich, Germany. Her mother passed away when Jackie was 16, and her father had been listed as missing in the war, so she had to learn how to take care of herself at a relatively young age. She attended school at Marien Gymnasium. Jackie met Jerome (Jerry) Lyon when he was stationed in Germany at Augsburg and she was working for a family on base. They were married and Jackie came to the U.S. in 1964, with their eldest children, Sandy and Dennis. David, Richard and Tonya were born after the family returned to North Dakota and settled in Geneseo, N.D., near the Lyon family homestead. They later divorced, and Jackie moved to Arnegard, N.D., where she resided until her passing.
Jackie enjoyed many different activities including gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family. She was very proud of all of her children and the variety of special gifts each of them had. Jackie was very hard working and a caring person. She was known by many of the locals as she was a waitress at the PDQ in Arnegard for many years. After working at the PDQ, she worked for a time at Impact and also helped occasionally in the kitchen at the school in Watford City. Jackie retired and was able to spend more time puttering around the yard, gardening, and travelling to visit her children and grandchildren, which gave her great joy. She was always ready to share a story about what the kids and grandkids were up to. In the summer, you could find her, most Friday evenings, with Richard at hamburgers in the park in Arnegard.
Jackie is survived by her companion of 24 years, Richard Burr of rural Arnegard, N.D.; her children, Sandy (Jerry) Spellerberg of Lidgerwood, N.D., Dennis “Denny” Lyon (Yennifer) of Arnegard, N.D., and St. Onge, S.D., David Lyon of Rugby, N.D., Richard “Rick” (Nadine) Lyon of Watford City, N.D., and Tonya (Brad Knutson) Lyon of Bismarck; Grandchildren, Corianna Kubasta of Beale AFB, Calif., Logan Kubasta of Fargo, N.D., Jenna (Grant Aasand) Lyon of Sidney, Mont., Jayden Lyon of Bismarck, N.D., Ethan Lyon of Langley AFB, V., Zanna Lyon of Watford City, N.D., and Avery Knutson of Bismarck, N.D.; Great-Grandchildren Abel Aasand of Sidney, Mont., and Anton Kubasta of Fargo, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and grandson, Nathan Lyon of Dickinson, N.D.
Visitation and Prayer Service was held Friday, June 28, at Epiphany Catholic Church in Watford City. Visitation started at 2:30 p.m. and Prayer Service was at 5 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church in Watford City (visitation was at 10 a.m.) Burial was at Farland Cemetery, northwest of Watford City.