EDINBURG - Edward Franklin Byers, 88, of Edinburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Born to Franklin and Mabel Winters Byers on Oct. 6, 1925, in Racine, 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 World War II 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 Jan. 30, 1946, in San Diego, Calif. They were married 48 years until her passing on Jan. 13, 1994.
Residing in McKinley Heights, they were blessed with five children, Victoria, Edward (Jennifer) Byers of Silver Lake, Debbie (Jay) Schmitt of Avon Lake, Carol Byers Rice of Canfield and Rod (Judy) Byers of Champion.
A member of Pipefitters Local 225 in Warren, 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, Pa. He also enjoyed his winter home in Lantana, Fla., 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; his four children; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are his stepsons, Bill (Patty) Dillon, Dennis (Debbie) Dillon, Tim (Kim) Dillon, Terry (Linda) Dillon and Doug (Diana) Dillon, all of Edinburg. He also leaves 13 stepgrandchildren and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his sister, Thelma; his wife, Eleanor; his daughter, Victoria; and his stepgrandson, Army Ranger Cpl. Benjamin Dillon.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Edinburg United Church, 4081 Rock Spring Road, Ravenna, OH 44266, (located in Edinburg). A military service will follow to honor Edward for his service to this 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.