Served in the U.S. Navy

Bernie E. Byers, age 70, of Sunrise Beach, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles.  He was born September 29, 1943, in Ottumwa, Iowa, a son of the late Jason and Ruth (Wilson) Byers.

 He was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1961 to 1967.

 Bernie retired from Delavan Manufacturing in West Des Moines, Iowa after 18 years of employment.

 He was a member of the VFW Post in Des Moines, Iowa and the American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach.

 Bernie is survived by his wife, Alyce of the home; son, J. Ryun Byers currently stationed in Columbia, South Carolina; step-daughter, Wendy Williams of Meridian, Mississippi; granddaughters, Emily and Brianna Hocker; brother, William E. Byers of Adel, Iowa; sister, Cindy Ohmart of West Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jean Menken and Kay Main.

 Bernie’s wishes were to be cremated and buried at sea with no memorial services to be held.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at  Cremation arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.