Paul Henry Lyne was the last living of seven siblings born to Royal and Louise Klinges Lyne of Trucksville, PA on Feb. 28, 1924. He passed away on Saturday evening June 23, 2012 at the Meadow View Nursing Home in Montrose, PA.
He attended Kingston Township High School.
With the encouragement of his music-loving mentor, Major Edmund Camp, he became a member of St. Stevens Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre where he lent a strong alto voice to the boys’ choir. He also sang with the Lyric Boys’ Chorus led by Alfred Camp, doing guest performances in such places as St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City and other local venues. In late years, he was a charter member of the Endless Mountain’s Barbershop Chorus in Tunkhannock where he also sang bass with a quartet called “The Neighborhood Boys” entertaining far and wide.
Before his voice changed, The Lyric Boys’ Chorus camped upriver from Meshoppen, at Myo Beach several summers and later he also accompanied his mentor, Major Camp as they spent the summer months at the Hewitt Kintner cottage, also at Myo Beach. During these visits, he helped neighboring farmers at haying and harvesting time and ultimately became a Dairy Herd Improvement Tester in the area.
Paul was drafted; received basic training at Camp Croft in South Carolina; shipped out along with some 14,999 others on the Queen Mary for Liverpool, England. He traveled by land and sea to LaHavre, France where his unit, the 78th Lightening Division headed on foot to Schmidt, Germany. From there, after encountering some serious fighting, they arrived at the Rhine River. Their unit was the first ordered to cross the river on the Remagen Bridge, which was under siege by the German Air Force. Most of the infantrymen made it across safely, but as they made their way north from the bridge, they again encountered fierce fighting. At one point he and several of his buddies took refuge in a very large old house, but were immediately besieged with German artillery fire resulting in several fatalities among the group, and Paul was wounded. After being treated at a field hospital, he returned to England and ultimately back home aboard the hospital ship, Milnes. He recovered after several surgeries and returned to Meshoppen where he received an appointment to the Postal Service and carried mail on Rt. #2 for 32 years, retiring on Nov. 15, 1980. During the 70’s and 80’s he installed carpet for Ken Mar Home Furnishing.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Inez Roberts Lyne, with whom he just celebrated their anniversary on June 22. Together they raised on a little dairy farm in Auburn Township, three children, Larry S. Lyne and his wife, Peggy Darling Lyne of South Auburn, PA and sons, Derek of Lebanon and Benjamin and his wife, LeeAnna Roberts Lyne of Williamsport; Cris A. Wiswell and her husband, Charles Wiswell of Tunkhannock and daughters, Lisa of Arlington, VA and Sarah of Tunkhannock; Tim R. Lyne and his wife, Cathy Weiand Lyne of Mechanicsburg and sons, Daniel of Hummelstown and Ethan and his wife, Elisha and three children, Jehu, Hannah, and Jalon of Owensboro, KY.
Paul was a sportsman, enjoying many popular television sporting programs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying hunting trips out west and many years of annual fishing trips to Canada with a group of special friends. He and Bunny took their family on many camping/fishing trips in various states as well as Canada. He was a 4-H Horse and Pony Leader; he worked with Scoutmaster Whitie Craige and the Boy Scouts; he was a Past Master of Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM, The Valley of Bloomsburg Consistory and the Irem Shrine.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Royal Lyne of Florida and Hedley Lyne, formerly of Florida and recently of Mehoopany and four sisters, Alberta Holcomb and Phyllis Powell, both of Florida, Ruth Hurley of Maryland and Dorothy Burns of Texas. Surviving besides his wife and three children and their families are Grace Mahler, sister-in-law of MA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul’s quick wit and “hail fellow, well met” demeanor endeared him to everyone. He gained much pleasure from the company of his family and many friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tom Mott of the church officiating. Interment was in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany. Graveside military services were conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Laceyville, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock, and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 VFW of Mehoopany.
Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Masonic services were conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. by the members of the Franklin Lodge # 263 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, PO Box 159, Church St., Meshoppen, PA 18630 or the Franklin Lodge #263, PO Box 86, Laceyville, PA 18623.