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Michael Costas Lysandrou

Obituary for Michael Costas Lysandrou

July 2, 2020
San Antonio, Texas


Michael Lysandrou, 82, died on July 2, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas surrounded by his family. He lived a full life rooted mostly in Texas, but had strong roots planted in his birthplace on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Mike is survived by his two daughters, Angie Kocurek and Phaedra Rogers; sister Niki Stutzman and brother-in-law Jim Stutzman; sons-in-law Carl Kocurek and Chris Rogers; and five grandchildren – Olivia, Annalise Nathan, Hope, and Sophia. Mike is preceded in death by his ex-wife and mother to his daughters, Stavroula Stefaniak. He is survived by many of his beloved family members residing in Cyprus, including his nephew George Michael and sister Maroula Lysandrou, not to mention many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He's preceded in death by his sister Eleni Lysandrou, and brother John Lysandrou.

Mike was born on May 15, 1938, in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot family. He grew up in a picturesque mountain village where he worked on the family orchards and went to school, along with his four other siblings. After graduating high school from the American Academy in Larnaca, Cyprus, he moved to the United States with his newlywed wife, Stavroula. They both attended Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He and Stav moved to Houston in 1969, and he later went on to receive an MBA at the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas. In addition to his career with Amoco Oil, he was recruited to teach MBA classes at his MBA alma-mater, UHCL.

Mike made extensive contributions to the oil industry, where his first opportunity started in Joliet, Illinois. Then in 1969, Mike and his family were transferred to Houston, Texas with Amoco Oil, where he focused on increasing off-shore oil output. That focus led to his success as he developed patents specializing in drill efficiency, which are still widely used today. His work took him to many corners of the world including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Upon retirement, he continued to consult with industry leaders, as his knowledge was in high demand.

Although Mike's work took him to many places where he lived away from home, he deeply relished the time he could spend with his family. In his final years, he was able to live out his goal of spending time in both Cyprus and Texas. His Paphos, Cyprus home was a source of great joy and accomplishment. He loved his backyard orchard and garden; he picked his favorite fruits and vegetables, and enjoyed his beautiful roses – just as he did during his youth. His Texas home kept him close to his daughters and their families, and his sister and brother-in-law, where spending time with them was a priority.

To his family, Mike was known as a man with a strong yet gentle spirit, and a tender-loving heart. To his work colleagues, Mike was known as a man with a gift and penchant for solving difficult problems. To his friends, Mike was known as a man who enjoyed the time spent together, especially if it included Greek food and music. To everyone, Mike will be forever missed.

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Our family kindly appreciates your understanding, and we know that Mike would want to keep those he loves as safe and healthy as possible during these times. Due to the recent events, the funeral services will be held for the immediate family only. A livestream of his service will be available on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 2:00pm, via this link:

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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