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Loren E. Byers

Sun, Sep 24th, 2000
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Loren E. Byers, 67, of Portage, MI, formerly of Spring Valley, died Monday September 11, 2000 at his home.

He was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Spring Valley. On October 18, 1957, he married Geraldine E. Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. She survives. He served with the Army during the Korean conflict, received the National Service Medal and played first string linebacker for the Air Force football team in 1954. Mr. Byers was employed by Upjohn for 21 years, retiring in 1990 as agriculture public relations director. He received the Upjohn Co. Special Accomplishment Award and other honors. He was chairman of the public information committee of the Animal Health Institute, and was active with the 4-H board. He was interested in exercise and was an avid golfer.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Brian (Gayle) of Portage; a daughter, Brenda (Rick) Burkhardt of Bloomfield Hills, MI.; three grandchildren; and a brother, Donald (Karin) of Rochester.

The funeral for Mr. Byers, was Monday, September 18 at Langeland Family Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, with the Rev. Louis Grother officiating. Burial was in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.

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