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Ray L. Byler, Jr. (aka Pyro) passed away peacefully on March 26, 2012 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. His devoted wife of 28 years, Sandra (Sandy) Glover Byler was with him at his bedside. Ray was preceded in death by his loving parents Ray L. Byler, Sr. & Dorothy L. (O'Dell) Byler. Ray is survived by his son, Ray L. Byler, III & grandchildren, Evelyn, Rayna & Julia; daughter, Sasha; & brother, David; & nephews, David, Jr. & Beck; & niece, Candace. Ray will be greatly missed by his in-laws: Bettye Glover; Gay Smith (Dustin, Cameron & Carly); Jerry Alan Glover (Leony & Lynell); William Curt Glover (Linda, Joseph & Jacob) & Gwen Bridge. Ray was born August 31, 1943 in San Antonio, graduated from Highlands High School and attended San Antonio College and Texas A&M. Ray followed in his father's footsteps, a Vice Detective with the San Antonio Police Department. Ray joined the Police Force at age 19, working as a Patrolman in the Traffic Division and retired after 21 years. Following retirement, Ray pursued his interest in the automotive industry, working as a Service Advisor with both Riata & Ken Batchelor Cadillac. He returned to law enforcement as a Police Officer with the San Antonio International Airport, where he retired after 22 years. Ray co-owned a motorcycle escort business, providing police escorts for funerals, parades, celebrities, dignitaries and the Fiesta Queens & Princesses for many years. Ray also owned the Lost Tribe Corn Co., working many events locally, as well as out of town and out of state. Ray was a member of the Arthur Peeler Breakfast Club, the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, the Gear Grinders Car Club, the Good Guys Rod & Custom Association and the Patriot Guard Riders. He was a prior member of the Alamo Classic Chevrolet Club, Alamo Chapter of the Hog Group, Harp & Shamrock Society, IHRA & NHRA Safety Safari (he was also a certified Technical Inspector), Racers for Christ, San Antonio Conservation Society & Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. Mrs. Byler would like to thank Dr. Glen Halff & Lori Jackson of University Hospital; Dr. Alison Garner, Becky Stephens & Terry Shank of South Texas Oncology; Dr. Anthony Tolcher, Dr. Drew Rasco, Suzanne Burke & the staff of the START Center. Special Thanks to nurses, Barbara & Cassey of Vitas Hospice for their care of Ray in his final hours. She also wishes to express her gratitude to the Employees & Police Officers of the San Antonio International Airport. Mrs. Byler also wishes to extend her thanks to her neighbors on Dreamland & to the many friends who have offered their support, lent an ear or a shoulder to lean on over the past several years. Ray will be missed dearly, but will not be forgotten. A celebration of Ray's life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:00pm at Mission Park North Funeral Chapel. In the true spirit of Ray, guests are requested to wear auto, Harley-Davidson or Hawaiian shirts in lieu of ties & suits.
You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 8, 2012