Gary L. Byler

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Byler, Gary L.
passed away on Wed. March 19, 2014. He was born on Sept 30, 1945 in Wenatchee, Washington to Warren & Dora (Scott) Byler. He graduated from Macks Creek HS in 1963 and in 1965 he joined the Army. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Byler sustained critical injuries ( losing two limbs) while leading his platoon into battle. For this action, Gary was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was with 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, retiring as a Captain. He went on to earn his B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor Byler was called to serve congregations in Wolf Point and Glasco, Mt. and later, Erie and Parsons, Ks. After retiring from the ministry, Gary settled in Mesa, Az. and later, Surprise, Arizona. Preceded in death by his parents and stepson, Scott A. Richards, Gary is survived by his wife, Barbara , sister, Hazel Wood (Bill Wood), sons, Warren G. Byler, Jeffrey R. Richards (Tracy Richards) daughters, Angela R. Byler, and Laura N. Keith (Brian Keith). He also had 13 grandchildren and 1great grandson. He will be missed by his family and friends. Please email garybylermemorialserviceinfo@yahoo.com for details on the service. Memorial donations may be made to the aspca.org, Banner Hospice, or woundedwarriorproject. Org/donate.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 26, 2014
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