Our beloved father, Frank Roy Lyons Jr., of Monaca, followed his heart on Saturday, August 15, 2015, to be with his loving wife, Rose, of 59 years. He passed peacefully at his home. Frank was never alone in his life, always surrounded by his large family. A life-long resident of Monaca, he was born on March 9, 1930, and married his true love, Rose (Ballish) on January 13, 1951. He was the eldest son of the late Frank R. Lyons, Sr. and Sophia (Olash) Gates.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, in November 2010, a granddaughter, Chelsea Danea Lyons; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Faith Pinamonti; two brothers-in-law, James Mooney and James Ballish and a sister-in-law, Betty Ballish.After graduating from Geneva College, he proudly served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the 9th Corp. Artillery during the Korean War. Frank purchased his first camera at the PX and discovered his knack of taking pictures. His passion in photography grew and he was often seen on the sidelines of all Monaca School District functions with his 35mm camera in hand.Frank was regularly heard commentating for nearly 60 years as member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Being a devoted lifetime member of St. John’s Holy Name Society, he served on the Parish Council along with teaching CCD classes. He was elected Man of the Year in 1981 and was a past Treasurer of the Beaver County Deanery Holy Name Society.Following the war, Frank was employed by Rheem. He worked as a purchasing agent/buyer for Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel and Dravo on Neville Island, and Sargent Electric in Shippingport.Earning him induction into the Monaca Community Hall of Fame in 1988, his service to his community included: President of the Monaca School Board, Treasurer for the Monaca Recreation Board, Treasurer for the Monaca Quarterback Club and Vice President of the Community Action Committee for Beaver County. He also served on the planning committee for the formation of the Beaver County Vo-Tech School.In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing golf and bowling in a league at the Rochester Lanes. Frank could often be found working in his yard, pruning his fruit trees and the forsythia which bordered his home. He was a loving husband to our mother Rose, a generous and giving father to his eight children and a wonderful Pap Pap to his 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Always available for his family and community, he taught his children the importance of showing love through acts of service and unwavering encouragement and support. He set an example of how good, old-fashioned hard work can pay off.Frank will be dearly missed and forever loved by his eight children and their spouses, Judy Tharp, Tim (Pam) Lyons, David (Karen) Lyons, Susan (Ken) Dietrich, Paul Lyons and Debi Mottes, and Marie (Randy) Tuma, all of Monaca, and Tom Lyons and Christine Santolla of Freedom and Amy Lyons of Hilliard, OH.He is survived by three brothers and their spouses, Edward (Dolores) Lyons, John (Sandy) Gates, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Mooney, all of Monaca, and Robert (Sharon) Lyons of Industry.Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca (724-728-4000), where the eulogy and parting prayers will be offered Thursday at 10:15 a.m., followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Rev. Father Michael Ruffalo, pastor, will be the celebrant.Interment will follow in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.Full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the cemetery.In lieu of flowers, as was Frank’s wish, contributions may be made in Frank’s remembrances to the Holy Name Society, c/o St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061.To share online condolences, get directions and other information, please visit simpsonfuneralhome.com.