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VAN LYSSEL – Ronald Mark Van Lyssel died suddenly May 6, 2008, at the age of 49. He was born on Nov. 24, 1958, in Los Alamos, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Martin and Billie Jo Van Lyssel.
He was a 1977 LAHS graduate. In 1978, he and his brother, Ross Van Lyssel, became the proud owners of the Exxon Service Station (now Shell Service Station) on the corner of Oppenheimer and Trinity, in which he and his brother have been in business for 30-plus years. In 1987, Ron went into Clement & Benner and won the heart of his blue-eyed beauty, Paula Mattys, who has remained by his side for 21 years.
Ron was charismatic, proud, loyal and adventurous. He took Paula on many road trips with a road map and no destination in mind, just to visit a new place or see a new ghost town. Ron was a super uncle to his nephews (Ken, Robert) and his nieces (Mindy, Shannen and Loni) and made life fun and exciting for us all.
He was a lifelong friend to so many because of his loyalty and strength. He loved being the one called to help tow a friend out of the mud or rescue a friend from trouble. Through the years of being a business owner, he made a lasting impression on his employees, including his high school workers, who still would stop by to see him when they were in town. Many of the mechanics in town have learned their skills from him. He was a great storyteller and could amuse us all for hours. His charisma made people flock to him, and he was always surrounded by a group of friends. Family and friends meant the world to him. He will be missed by so many.
He is survived by his love, Paula; his brother Ross and wife Kelly; his brother Tom; his two nephews and three nieces; his Tennessee and Wisconsin cousins; and his many friends.
At a later date, the family is planning a gathering in celebration of Ron’s life.