Richard C. Lyman

Published 7:38 pm Monday, April 13, 2015

Richard Culler Lyman, 85, died peacefully at his residence in Suffolk on April 8, 2015, after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., the son of the late Walter Jordan Lyman and Vesta Culler Lyman.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Thelma J. Lyman; his daughter, Deborah Lyman Carter and husband, Todd, of Anchorage, Alaska; his son, Bruce Daniel Lyman and wife, Jean, of Akron, Ohio; his daughter, Linda Lyman Asbell and husband, Richard, of Suffolk; nine grandchildren Rebecca, Joshua and wife, Sarai, Abigail and Sarah Carter; Daniel, Carrie and Caleb Lyman; Scott and Jenn Asbell; two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Luke Carter; one brother, Walter Lyman and wife, Lois, of Monroeville, Pa.

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Richard received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., and worked as an electrical engineer for 38 years for Westinghouse.

Richard was a long-time member of First Presbyterian of Howard County, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church and Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Churches serving as elder, Sunday School superintendent, and on various mission committees. After his retirement, Richard volunteered for 15 years as the director of the Baltimore/Washington area of the U.S. Center for World Mission. The center’s aim is that unreached people groups would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Richard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was an intelligent, humble and gentle man who encouraged and blessed the lives of all those who knew him. As a lifelong learner, Richard enjoyed sharing all he knew about life and God’s creation.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk. The family will welcome friends at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, and at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the U.S. Center for World Mission, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA 91104, Attention: Ministry Accounts — in memory of Richard C. Lyman. Condolences may be registered at