John Scranton Byers, 83, a former longtime resident of Acton and Boxborough, died peacefully Mon. March 31, 2014 at his Concord residence. He was the beloved husband of 62 years of Grace Ellen (Denton) Byers. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late John Boyd Byers and Marguerite R. (Scranton) Byers. The family lived in Burlington for a time before moving to Acton. Mr. Byers was a graduate of Acton High School, Class of 1948 and then attended trade schools. He served honorably in the US Navy aboard the USS Glennon during the Korean War Era. A member of the Elks and the VFW, he was also a member of the USS Glennon Association and enjoyed attending the ships reunions. An oil burner technician for 38 years, Mr. Byers was first employed by Baker Oil Company then Bursaw Oil & Gas, both in Acton, before retiring. A Boxborough resident for 30 years, he and his wife enjoyed time spent in Ft. Myers, Florida for 23 years. Mr. Byers was a member of the Carriage Travel Club, and loved to travel for months at a time. He especially loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Byers was also a longtime member of the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Boxborough where he served as a trustee. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their two children, Diane J. Simard and husband Robert, and John Stephen Byers and wife Lynne (Gregory); 4 grandchildren: Michael Simard and wife Malyssa, Aimee Simard, Nicole Byers, and Caitlin Byers Hazelgrove and husband, Eli; three great-grandchildren, Joshua and Maya Simard, and Ellie Hazelgrove; two sisters, M. Ruth Cramer and Virginia Richardson; and nieces, nephews and their families. He was the brother of the late David Byers. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service Sat. May 10th at 3:00pm at the United Church of Christ-Congregational of Boxborough, 723 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Boxborough, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of MA in Winchendon will be at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923. On line condolences and memorial page at www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2014