|Jesse Thomas Lydic, Jr., age 92, of Abingdon and formerly of Avon, died at 9:58 am Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Care Center of Abingdon.
He was born on March 21, 1921 in Egan, South Dakota, the son of Jesse Thomas and Viola (Bigham) Lydic, Sr. He married Roberta "Betty" Johnson on April 13, 1946 in Peoria.
Jesse is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty; one daughter, Gloria Bradford of Fairview; one son, Ron Lydic of RR Abingdon; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, who were all cherished by Jesse; one brother, Lowell (and June) Lydic of Cedar, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Rita Andrews, two brothers, Jim and Russell, and one sister, Harriett Rusk.
He enlisted in the US Army on July 30, 1942. He was part of the WW II South Pacific Campaign on Tinnian Island from December 2, 1944 to December 26, 1945. He was honorably discharged on January 8, 1946 and had achieved the rank of T-5. After the war, Jesse came home and started a trucking business. He also farmed briefly and later re-established Lydic Trucking, where he worked until his retirement. He had lived in Cameron, RR Stronghurst, Avon and Abingdon.
He was a member of the Cameron Christian Church. He served on the Union Township Board. He was the past-president of the Avon Businessmen's Association and the Fat Steer Show Committee, a member of the Avon Lions Club. He also coached baseball and was a devoted St. Louis Cardinal fan.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Abingdon Christian Church. Rev. Darryl McDaniel and Rev. Paul Lydic, his nephew, will officiate. Burial with military rites by the Roy Miller American Legion Post #644 in Fairview will follow in the Abingdon Cemetery. His grandsons, Scott Meyer, David Meyer, Thomas Meyer, Russell Meyer, Tim Boyd, Jason Lydic and Chad Lydic will proudly carry him to his grave. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview American Legion Honor Guard or the Abingdon American Legion Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.