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James A. "Bud" Byerly

Bud Byerly passed away peacefully at home on November 3, 2013, just weeks away from his 93rd birthday. Bud was born in 1920 in Owosso, Michigan. He attended Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and then the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He excelled in track and field before graduating in 1943. He then went to officer training school at Notre Dame and, as an ensign, served in WWII. After the war Bud attended Babson Business College in Boston and shortly thereafter took over his father's business, The JA Byerly Co., a grocery chain of some 44 stores in Central Michigan.
In 1951 Bud met and married Doris Brown. Bud and Brownie then settled in Owosso where their four children were born. Bud sold his business in 1959 and the family moved to La Jolla, California, where he purchased a Piper Airplane dealership and sold helicopters. As a former pilot he was able to fly both fixed wing and helicopters. He also became a Real Estate Broker in California where he bought and sold both residential and commercial real estate. In 1968 the family purchased a vacation home in Sun Valley, Idaho, where they enjoyed skiing and fly fishing in the summers. Bud and Brownie decided to retire and settle permanently in Idaho in the early 80's.
Sadly, his son Bruce preceded him in death on May 13, 2013. Bud is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Doris; their children, Jim, Tom (Alyse) and Amy (Peter) Aiello; as well as his beloved grandchildren, Evan Byerly of La Jolla, Bridget and Nickolas Aiello of La Jolla, and Jake and Stewart Byerly who reside in Oregon.
We will remember his endearing sense of humor, his appreciation of art and design, and his endless pursuit of trying to organize the garage-but most of all we will remember his devotion to family and the great joy he found in family gatherings. His smile on such occasions was constant and infectious, as were his witty vocals and spirited harmonica playing. He always loved to just jump in the car and take a scenic drive. Here's to a long and dreamy drive down a country road Dad, we love you.
Donations can be sent in Bud's honor to Silverado Hospice, 3750 Convoy Street, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92111.
Published in La Jolla Light on Nov. 14, 2013
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