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John A. Lyons, Alumni, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on 10/26/2011.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River, N.J. Condolences may be sent at

Sergeant John A. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, N.J., died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, while serving his country on active duty in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Born in Peterborough, N.H., Sgt. Lyons resided in Seaside Park, N.J. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; the Overseas, Army Service and National Defense ribbons and the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary medals. Sgt. Lyons also led the winning team of the annual Bataan Death March event in New Mexico. He was a 2003 graduate of Central Regional High School. He attended Rutgers University and graduated with degrees in political science and Latin in 2008. Surviving are his parents, Susan Smiley of Seaside Park and Ron Lyons of New Hampshire; his brother, Adam, and his wife, Meredith Lyons, of New Hampshire; his sister, Lena Lyons of Virginia; his maternal grandmother, Gloria Smiley of New Jersey; his fiancee, Kristiani Endreson of Florida; his Aunt Beth and her husband, Tony Merle, of New Jersey; his uncle, John Smiley of Hawaii; two nephews, Gavin and Aiden Lyons, and many other immediate loving family in New Jersey and New Hampshire.

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