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John Lyle “Mr. B” Byers
January 30, 1937 – November 21, 2016
John Lyle “Mr. B” Byers, 79, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away Monday, November 21, 2016, at Wheatland Manor, Wheatland, Iowa. His service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Wyoming. A visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday, November 26 at Lahey Funeral Home, Wyoming. Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery. John was born January 30, 1937, in Primghar, Iowa, to Loren and Emma (Sand) Byers. He graduated from Primghar High School and went on to get his master’s degree from the Iowa State Teacher’s College (UNI) where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity. On June 3, 1959, he was united in marriage to his beloved Mary Willa Carnal, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mr. B began his teaching career in Marble Rock, Iowa, where he introduced the wrestling program to the district. He went on to work for Midland High school for thirty-five plus years. He taught industrial arts and driver’s ed. He also coached football, wrestling and track throughout that time. He was a compassionate and giving man who loved his family, students, players and community. Aside from his many years in the classroom and athletics, he was strong in faith as a Deacon for the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, an EMT for the Wyoming Ambulance along with Mary, and a Centurion of the Mason’s, St. Charles Cornerstone Lodge 141. In 1978, he was honored as the Class “A” Iowa Coach of the Year for wrestling. In 1992, he was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame. John adored his children, spending time with his grandchildren and years of traveling to all fifty states with his wife. Those left to cherish his memories are his three children; Joel Evan (Khue) Byers, Terrell, Texas, Marilyn “Mimi” (Stephen) Bardell, DeWitt, Mary “Beth” (Darren) Janssen, Ackley, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Canyon, Dylan and Carson Lake, Evan, Brent and Jay Janssen, Hannah Joy and John Byers; and his sister, Betty Koehlmoos, Paullina, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy; brother, Robert; and his wife in 2008.

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Source: Quad City Times, November 23, 2016

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