Edward Franklin Byers
Edward Franklin Byers, 88 of Edinburg passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Cleveland Clinic on October 16, 2013.
Born to Franklin and Mabel Winters Byers on October 6, 1925 in Racine, Ohio, he was a 1943 graduate of Newton Falls High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy just shy of his 18th birthday in 1943. He was a decorated WWII Veteran serving in the South Pacific Theatre aboard the destroyer USS Fletcher.
Arriving stateside following the Japanese surrender, he married the former Eleanor Plotts of Newton Falls on January 30, 1946 in San Diego, California. They were married 48 years until her passing on January 13, 1994.
Residing in McKinley Heights, they were blessed with five children, Victoria, Edward (Jennifer)Byers of Silver Lake, Ohio; Debbie (Jay) Schmitt of Avon Lake, Ohio; Carol Byers Rice of Canfield, Ohio; Rod (Judy) Byers of Champion, Ohio.
A member of Pipefitters Local 225 in Warren, Ohio, he served on the union executive board for many years, retiring in 1987 after 46 years in the trade.
An avid fly-fisherman, he enjoyed spending time with his family at their summer home in the Allegheny National Forest, Forest County, Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed his winter home in Lantana, Florida where he met his second wife Donna Dillon, whom he married on July 24, 1996.
He is survived by his wife Donna of Edinburg, a sister, Verna Taipale of Howland, Ohio, his four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are his step-sons, Bill (Patty) Dillon; Dennis (Debbie) Dillon; Tim (Kim) Dillon; Terry (Linda) Dillon and Doug (Diana) Dillon all of Edinburg, Ohio. He also leaves 13 step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his sister, Thelma, his wife, Eleanor, his daughter, Victoria and his step-grandson, Army Ranger Cpl. Benjamin Dillon.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 20th at 3:00 p.m. at Edinburg United Church, 4081 Rock Spring Road., Ravenna, Ohio 44266 (located in Edinburg, Ohio). A Military Service will follow to honor Edward for his service to our country.
In lieu of flowers, material tributes may be made in memory of Edward to the Edinburg United Church.
Arrangements for Edward were entrusted to the Borowski Funeral Service and Oak Meadow Cremation Services.
(Borowski Funeral Service, 330-872-5050, RC 10-19-13)