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Harry F. Byrd (1923 - 2013)

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Harry F. Byrd

West Des Moines

Harry Forest Byrd, 90, died on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at Iles-Westover Chapel. Funeral services and burial will take place in Omak, WA at a later date.

Harry was born on February 17, 1923, in Des Moines, to Harry and Virgil (Winburn) Byrd, graduated from North High School and served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner during WWII. He was employed with Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company for 38 years, retiring in 1983. Harry was a member of the Elks Club and Masonic Lodge.

Harry is survived by his wife Virginia, children Gordon (Joan) Byrd of FL and Debra (Brent) Mundinger of WA; step sons Larry (Jane) Ferguson of Altoona, Gregory (Cheryl) Ferguson of Pella, and Tom (Julann) Ferguson of Wheaton, IL; two granddaughters, Jordan and Lauren; seven step-grandchildren and 12 step great-grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Vanessa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the or the . Online condolences may be sent to


Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2013
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