Former Lyons mayor, newspaper publisher dies at 77

LYONS, Kan. (AP) – The former four-term mayor of Lyons and a longtime editor and publisher of the Lyons Daily News has died.

Paul Edward Jones was 77. His daughter, Bethany Prain, said he died Thursday at the Hospice House in Hutchinson of melanoma.

The Birzer Funeral Home said on its website that Jones became managing editor of the Lyons Daily News in January 1959 and became publisher several years later. He also held several leadership roles with the Kansas Press Association.

In 1983, he was elected mayor of Lyons and served in the post until 1991.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Lyons. Burial will follow at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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