Harvey Byriel (1930 - 2016)

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A celebration of life for Harvey Byriel, 85, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 8, 2016, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Stevens Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Harvey James Byriel was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Ross, to Peter and Anna (Sorensen) Byriel and passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House surrounded by his family.
He grew up in both Ross and Audubon where he received his education and began to learn the carpentry trade. On Aug. 11, 1951, Harvey was united in marriage to Dolores Jeanette Ploughman at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Shortly after, in the fall of 1951, Harvey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean War.
Following his military service of two years, the couple made their permanent home in Ames and were blessed with seven children; Jeani, Connie, Shari, Peggy, Patti, Jim, and Julie. Harvey continued his lifelong career as a carpenter working with Hans Aagaard, Mancel Lee, Henry Brahms, and the Iowa State University Physical Plant. In 1977, Harvey founded Byriel Construction. He built and remodeled many homes in the Ames area. In 1985 Harvey helped start Kitchen, Bath & Home with daughter Jeani. Harvey provided his knowledge and craftsmanship to this design/build firm. His legacy continues in Byriel Construction now run by his son Jim. Harvey retired in 1995. Throughout his life, he upheld his family values and maintained a strong work ethic. He passed these values on to all of his children.
After his retirement, Harvey and Dolores began to spend winters in Florida at Dora Canal. Harvey continued his craftsmanship of carpentry as he built cabinets, furniture, and took on many projects for all his children and friends. Above all, Harvey was a family man and a loyal friend. He loved spending time with Dolores, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends who all held a special place in his heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Anna Byriel; and siblings, Donald Byriel and Marvin Byriel.
Harvey will be deeply missed by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; children and grandchildren, Jeani (Mike) Lee with children, Jackie and Jen; Connie (Phil) Miller with children, Andy, Dan, Jane, and Joe; Shari (John) Paule with children, Jessica and Austin; Peggy (Doug) Wierson with children, Hank and Ted; Patti Byriel; Jim (Carol) Byriel with children, Brett and Kelli; and Julie (Zach) Allen with children, Josiah, Acacia, Isaac, and Kiah; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Alice Kauffman, Glenn Byriel and Russell (Wynn) Byriel.
Online condolences and memories of Harvey may be shared with his family at www.StevensMemorialChapel.com.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Jan. 8, 2016
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Stevens Memorial Chapel
607 28th Street | Ames, IA 50010 | (515) 232-5473
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