December 3, 1952 – May 8, 2020
Tim, age 67, passed away in his home on May 8, 2020. He was born to Thomas and Rachel Lyda on December 3, 1952, in El Paso County (Camp Carson). A Springs native and a graduate of the Widefield High School Class of 1970, Tim always appreciated the beauty of the Pikes Region. He volunteered at Penrose Hospital and his name is remembered on the wall of the hospital recognizing his contributions and numerous hours to the Gift Shop. He had also volunteered at the Care and Share Food Bank.
As a member of the armed services, he served in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Okinawa, Taiwan, and South Korea while in the Air Force. He was a highly skilled airborne radar and navigation technician/electrician on the Lockheed C-130 aircraft, and the MU-2 Turboprop and Diamond 1 jets. In March 2016 he was honored and received an award for his valor, service and sacrifice to the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kinnikinnik Chapter, NSDAR.
Always the entrepreneur, Tim owned and operated several businesses over the years. He provided employment and educational opportunities for young men and women who came from difficult and challenging circumstances. His reward was to see them settled as responsible adults.
During family gatherings for birthdays, holidays and special occasions, Tim was always called on for his culinary skills. He was not a professional chef like his brother, but he could prepare a feast second to none. In addition to cooking, Tim was a reader of military history, watcher of the History and American Heroes Channels, a collector of train engines, stamps and coins, and enjoyed working in his yard. He loved people, was a friend to everyone and would talk the ear off anyone who would listen to him.
Tim was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents and his mother and father. He is survived by his younger brother, Mark, and sisters Nancy (husband John) and Peggy (husband Don) and their families, including his nephews Timothy (wife Ivonne and children Nathalie and Micah), and Jason (wife Valerie), and Nickolas; his best friends Cory Rawson and Brandon Deal; and special friends Kevin and Susan Dean and Debbie Howard (Tim’s friendships with these three go back fifty years!)
His spiritual life was centered around the Episcopal Church, with membership at St. Andrew’s in Manitou Springs. In declining health, Tim said he lived a good life and was ready when the Lord comes for him. He looked forward to being with his family members who went before him and are now with the Lord, especially his Mom and Grandparents. A private family memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his honor are suggested to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region and Care and Share.