Keith Lyster

Funeral services Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Stephen T. Roosa officiating
Burial with military Rites in the Alliance Cemetery.

Member Feature

Keith Richard Lyster, 83, died Friday, November 23, 2007 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff surrounded by family as he peacefully joined his Lord.


He was born October 11, 1924 at Lincoln, Kansas to Thomas W.D. and Velma E. (Bohling) Lyster.


Keith served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a Lieutenant serving as a B-17 Bomber Pilot. After his discharge from the military he completed his education with a degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University.


He married the love of his life, Jarolene Hollon, on July 4, 1945 at San Marcos, Texas.


They moved to Alliance in 1961 where Keith managed the JC Penney store. In 1963 he bought and operated the Rhoad's Women's Apparel Store until his retirement in1983. He and Jeri were then able to spend many winters in Texas and Arizona.


He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, usher and elder, and sang in the choir. He was a member of the Lions Club where he was the epitome of the Lions Club Code of Ethics, always doing more than his share for the club, and recruited 124 members in Alliance. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Elks.


Keith enjoyed reading his Bible and Louis Lamoure books, dancing with his wife, golfing, playing bridge, gardening, and eating a great home cooked meal. He treasured time spent with his family and many dear friends. He will always be remembered for his devotion and sacrificial love towards his wife and family and will be deeply missed by all.


He is survived by his wife, Jarolene Lyster of Alliance; his children, Steve (Ann) Lyster of Alliance, Mitch (Shari) Lyster of McCook, Nancy Brunner of Alliance, and Wendy (Greg) Wickard of Bridgeport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Travis (Michelle) Hunter, Tara (Toby) Wright, Matt Lyster, Kelsey Lyster, Jeff Lyster, Melissa Lyster, Katie Wickard, and Emily Wickard; and one great granddaughter, Payton Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, his son-in-law, Daniel Hunter, and his granddaughter, Hanna Wickard.


Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Stephen T. Roosa will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 to 8.


Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church.


Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.