Lt. Col. Steven (Steve) Lawrence Lyne, US Army Retired, 65, a Northland resident in Kansas City, MO passed away March 24, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM while enjoying one of his “bucket list” trips with his beloved wife and best friend, Pam. He was born October 23, 1951 in Ft Carson, CO to Francis and Vesta Lyne.
Upon graduation from high school in Ash Grove, MO in 1969, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, including service in Viet Nam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1972. He worked briefly in the construction industry in Orlando, FL, and was always proud to say he helped to construct Sea World. He returned to Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, MO in 1976. Upon his graduation from college he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and returned to active duty serving as a Military Intelligence Officer. During this time he again had the opportunity to serve all over the world. In 1988 he left active duty and transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserves, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel prior to his retirement in 2003. While serving in the Reserves he worked for several defense contractors, including Northrup Grumman, providing his military intelligence and simulations expertise to the Battle Command training program. His most recent employment was as a civilian employee with the Department of the Army as a Simulations and Operation Specialist at the Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth. KS, retiring in 2013.
Steve had a real zest for life and great love of travel. He thought of Italy as his adopted country, having lived there both while on active duty and for a short time while in the Army Reserves. He traveled back to Italy and many other countries extensively with Pam, and one of his favorite sayings at the start of each trip was “off on another adventure”. He was also a wonderful tour guide to all the family and friends who participated in many of these adventures. Steve was an incredibly strong person, and will always be remembered for his tenacity and courage when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. He was successful in that battle, but lived the rest of his life with the long term effects of his cancer treatment. His positive mental attitude and personal code of “adapt and overcome” served as an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was always incredibly grateful for the loving support of his family and friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Miranda Hale, and a sister, Ruth White. Survivors include his wife, Pam Ruebelmann, children, Nicole Lyne, Derek Lyne, stepson, Zack Hale, his parents, Francis and Vesta Lyne, siblings, Jim Lyne (Beth), Jerry Lyne (Reyna), Sharon Bryan (Briscoe), and a grandson K.J. Hale. On line condolences may be left at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO. The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:30am, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Veterans Community Project (veteranscommunityproject.org) or the Cancer Research Center, Columbia, Missouri (cancerresearchcenter.org)