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William Wesley "Bill" Byers


William Wesley “Bill” Byers, 82, of Fort Branch, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2023 at his home. He was born July 22, 1941 in Kewanee, Missouri to the late Roy James Byers and Irene Mary (Fant) Byers. Bill proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era stationed in Alaska. He worked for 30 years as a coal miner for Old Ben II and was a union member of the United Mine Workers of America. Bill was very loved and respected, dedicated to his family, and was kind to everyone. He helped build the Barton Baseball Field that stands today in Mackey, and loved riding dirt bikes up until his 70s. His family will miss him dearly and cherish his memory for all their days.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Zoe (Anderson) Byers of Fort Branch; beloved children, Craig Byers (Judy) of Fort Branch, Krista (Byers) Hunt of Oakland City, Kelly Byers (Jennifer) of Princeton, and Kate Hoffman (Ralph) of Newburgh; grandchildren, Hayden Wesley Hunt (Erica Meece), Wyatt Hunt (Jenna), Dylan Frederick, Grace Frederick, Greyson Byers, and Emma Byers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and 4 sisters.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.

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