Rodney Byers


Walnut Grove Funeral Home – Walnut Grove, MN


Rodney Byers

Rodney L. Byers age 75 of rural Revere passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by family after an extended battle with cancer. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Jeffers Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  Interment is in North Hero Township Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Rodney L. Byers was born February 24, 1937 in Slayton, MN to Adelbert and Frieda (Skjong) Byers.  He was the fourth of eleven children.  Rodney was raised on a farm south of Walnut Grove.  He attended Walnut Grove School and graduated in 1955.  On October 8, 1956, he and Joan Harbo were married in Flandreau, SD and to this union four children were born.  Rodney worked for Dave Hicks for two years and then for Oliver Nelson 41 years.  He spent the rest of his life farming.  Rodney was a member of the Jeffers Baptist Church.  He enjoyed hunting and spending time with the grandkids.  Rodney was a gentle, caring man who loved the Lord and had an understanding heart for people.  

Rodney is survived by Joan, his wife of 55 years; children: Brad (Sheree) Byers of Vacaville, CA, Bruce Byers, and Eileen (Tim) Helmer, both of rural Revere; grandchildren: Jared and Jenny Byers, Ben, Nicole, Justin, and Lindsey Byers, and Andrew, Emily, Sam, and Abby Helmer; great grandchildren Tyler Wastell and Charlie Helmer.  He is also survived by his siblings: Don (Mavis) Byers of Austin, Doralyn (Don) Foster of Willmar, Dene Byers of Milaca, Carol (Jim) Kluver of Fairmont, and Marjorie (Mark) Knudson of Northrup; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, son Brian, sisters Barb Hummel, Judy Licht, and Debbie Byers, and brothers Bob and Denny Byers.


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