Byron W. Myers
Byron W. Myers III, 65 of Grand Island died Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at Tiffany Square Care Center.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Harrison; Grand Island, Nebraska. Reverend William Pavuk will officiate.
To honor Mr. Myers wishes cremation has taken place.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Memorials are suggested to St. Pauls Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.
Byron Wayne Myers III was born November 11, 1947 at Goodland, Kansas the son of Byron W. Myers, Jr. and Jimmie Francenia “Fritzi” Foote Myers. He received his early education in Goodland and graduated from Sherman Community High School in Goodland in 1965. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas from 1965 until early 1968 when he returned to Goodland to become a partner in the Myers Oil Co., a Phillips 66 jobbership, operating service station and delivery bulk fuels.
He left the firm in 1972 and moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he studied journalism at the University of Kansas, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1974.
He married Colleen Marshall on February 27, 1968. They lived in Goodland and in Lawrence, moving to Grand Island in 1974. They had a daughter, Melissa.
Upon moving to Grand Island he went to work for The Grand Island Independent, where he had served as sports writer, police and county courts reporter and as a copy editor. He left the Independent in 1990 due to declining health.
Later he was employed at Idleman Telemarketing Inc. and Husker Water Specialists in outbound telemarketing and in 1996 went to work for Cabela’s telemarketing department where he received orders and assisted customers. He retired in 2005.
On August 16, 1978, he married Marjorie “Molly” Holcher. They lived in Grand Island and had a son, Kit.
Mr. Myers was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, where he had served in the Stephen Ministry, played drums at the contemporary service, and cooked for the Wednesday night “Renew” meal. He was also an avid firearms enthusiast, and had been involved in many aspects of gun collecting, shooting, and reloading ammunition. He had been involved in funeral service throughout most of his life and was an auto enthusiast as well, combining his interests as a hearse collector and restorer. He wrote for The Professional Car, a magazine devoted to hearses, ambulances and limousines.
Survivors include his wife Molly Holcher of Grand Island; sister, Michelle Simoneau of Goodland, Kansas, and his children, Melissa Adams and Nick Valle of Grand Island, and Kit and Kristen Myers of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Abby Adams, Nicholas Valle, Jr., Landon Valle, Kristen Valle and Gavin Valle.