In Memory of Edward 'Ed' Byers
April 04, 1922 - March 12, 2018
Edward (Ed) Byers, age 95, died March 12, 2018 in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
Ed, the fourth child of Theodore and Martha (Maslowski) Byers, was born April 4, 1922, in the family farmhouse northwest of Stacy, MN. He attended the nearby country school, graduating from 8th grade. His love of farming and music occupied his post-school years. He played guitar in his cousins’ band, Frank’s Polka Yanks. They played many bars and ballrooms from North Branch to Mahtomedi. It was at a dance, where he was playing, that he met Helen Tillman.
Ed and Helen were married April 27, 1946 in Melrose, MN. They started their life together in rural Stacy where Ed worked on the farm for his father. In 1950, they bought their own farm, where they raised their family. In 1970, they bought a farm at Grantsburg. They lived there until 1981 when they retired from dairy farming. They then moved back to the Stacy farm, where they farmed until retiring in 2004. They then moved back to Grantsburg.
Ed loved laughing, talking and a good joke. He was passionate about world events and read daily to keep informed.
Ed was preceded in death by Helen, his wife of 69 years; an infant daughter, Marjorie Marie; his parents Ted and Martha; sisters, Carolyn and Marion; and brothers, Donald, Harold and Alvin.
Ed is survived by his children; Floyd (Margaretha); Ken (Janet); Jim (Molly); Barb (Ken) Stoner; Teri (Curt Johnson), Bob (LeeAnne); Tom (Shelly); Keith (Carrie); Chuck (Debbie); 30 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren, and many “honorary grandchildren.”
Funeral service was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grantsburg, WI on Friday, March 16. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Branch, MN.
Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.swedberg-taylor.com.