Edward J. Byrnes
1931 - 2021
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Edward J. Byrnes

Polk City - Edward Joseph Byrnes passed peacefully from this earth to be with our Lord on February 22, 2021.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Assumption Catholic Church (1906 Sycamore St, Granger). A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, February 25, 2021 also at the church.

Ed was born to John & Marguerite Byrnes in Des Moines, IA on July 9, 1931. He was the second of 12 children. He graduated from Dowling High School, Des Moines, IA in 1949. Ed served in Korea as a member of the Marine Corps for two years, 1951 and 1952.

Ed met Phyllis Eileen Yost at St. Gabriel's Monastery of Passionate Monks during Lent. They were united in marriage on September 10, 1955 at St. Peters Catholic Church, Des Moines, IA.

They started a home in Des Moines, moved to Urbandale in 1958, before eventually settling in Polk City in 1970. Together, they had 12 children.

Ed worked for Flynn Dairy, Borden's Dairy and finally AE Dairy until 1982. Ed and Phyllis began an upholstery business at their home where Ed worked until his death. His passion to make things new again was passed down to two sons who now own their own upholstery businesses.

Ed's first and foremost priority was love of family. He never knew a stranger. If you were lucky enough to meet him, you were his friend for life. He loved all people and commonly said that you love people for their differences, that's what makes them unique. Once you joined his family, you were always family. Ed was the most selfless person, always willing to help others in need. If you asked Ed how he was, his response was almost always "Fantastic" or "Awesome". He considered himself the richest man on earth because of the love people had for him. Together, Mom and Dad made room for countless people, family or not, in their home.

Among many of the things he enjoyed were playing golf, fishing, hockey and driving around Des Moines to visit with people. He spent many years playing golf and being a golf ranger at Jester Park Golf Course. He enjoyed many hours casting a line at Big Creek or Saylorville Lake fishing for crappie. Ed and Phyllis were season ticket holders at the Des Moines Buccaneers for over 20 years. Prior to that, he even played in a hockey rec league in the 1960's with his father John. He enjoyed acting at the Bittersweet Theatre outside of Granger, IA in the 1980's. Ed had a beautiful singing voice and sang in church for many years with his daughters.

He loved having coffee and breakfast at a local café with a group of friends along with a favorite restaurant in Grimes, IA that he visited several times a week. Both places considered him family as he did them.

Ed was loved by all and will be missed dearly. He is lovingly remembered by his children, James Edward Byrnes (Shelly), Patricia Marie Thomas (David), Peggy Suzanne McCombs (David), Joseph Patrick O'Byrnes (Kathleen), Daniel Thomas Byrnes (Julie), Edward Francis Byrnes (Juli), Anne Elizabeth Leopold (Johnny), Mary (Molly) Cecilia Byrnes, Richard Dennis Byrnes (Betsy) and Matthew John Byrnes (Jamie); daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Evans; 27 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; siblings, Tom Byrnes (Jean), Mary Hilt, Helen Jacobson, Gertrude Stuempfig, Caroline Hurst, Francis Jahani, Angela Gomez (Lee), Paul Byrnes (Betty) and William Byrnes (Kathie); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis; his sons, Stephen Michael Byrnes and Dennis Michael Byrnes; his parents; and his brothers, Jack Byrnes and James Byrnes.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
So sorry to here of Ed's passing, what great friend, had many great times.
Gary W Nelson
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February 25, 2021
To the whole Byrnes family, my heart goes out to all of you. I will always cherish my time knowing Ed, with his big smile and terrific sense of humor. May God bless you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. Mike Wallace (UPS guy)
February 24, 2021
Ed was such a kind and wonderful man. He was a customer of mine at the bank for over 20 years. The highlight of my day was when he walked in and would sit in my office and visit. He always had a smile on his face and gave the best hugs. Ed always made my day better and made the world a better place. Heaven gained one of the best. RIP Ed ♥
Lisa Battani
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February 24, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. He was such a nice person and always was so happy. Hugs to you all.
Rita klosterman
Friend
February 24, 2021
I was so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He was my favorite customer and I looked forward to seeing him almost every day. He was always so upbeat and always put a smile on my face! Thank you Ed! Polk City lost a good one, but Heaven is better because of him.
Steve Syverson
Friend
February 24, 2021
Such a blessing to know this beautiful man, his hugs were the best! He will be missed!
Kim Lovell
Friend
February 24, 2021
I was so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He was my favorite customer and I looked forward to seeing him almost every day. He was always so upbeat and always put a smile on my face! Thank you Ed! Polk City lost a good one, but Heaven is better because of him.
Steve Syverson
Friend
February 24, 2021
WHAT a guy !! one of the nicest people i have ever met. He was sooooo friendly and giving. He was so proud of that new red pickup, ha. I met Ed thru the Bittersweet threatre. It was a pleasure to call him a friend, he ALWAYS spoke, the last time was about a year ago at the Assumption fish frys. I hope his last days were not in pain. To his family --- HE LOVED YOU SO, but i guess surely you knew that, he spoke of you often with a gleam in his eyes. ENJOY the memories and know that your father was LOVED BY MANY MANY. the world is a less smiley place without him and his slap on your back and his arm around your shoulder. Peace to you Ed, enjoy your reconnection with Phyliss.
Gary Friemel granger ia -
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February 23, 2021
What can one say about Ed that has not already been said. He was a true and loyal friend for many years. I loved being around him and listening to his tales. Sunday mornings at Jester was our time. I called him the donor man. His love for his family was the most important thing in his life. Say hi to Phylis and Irish eyes are smiling in heaven today. Rip Eddie.
Dick Lane
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February 23, 2021
Ed will be miss by so many. His smile was contagious. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
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Jean Duncan
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February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021
This was beautifully written. Hearing of Ed’s passing truly broke my heart. He was the sweetest, friendliest, kind man, and had an impact on me, as a person. I got to know Ed, as an employee where he banked, and within a short period of time, truly felt as though I could call him a friend. His contagious laugh, his mischievous smirk, and his singing as he entered our lobby will always be (just a few) things I remember about Ed! He always, and I mean always found a way to make me smile. I loved hearing about his wife, kids, and grandchildren! He always had lovely things to say about family. Ed, you sure will be missed- and thank you for being a light in my life! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Ed is on cloud nine, reunited with his wife, in Heaven! “he’s so good it hurts!” “Finer than frog hair” “fantastic!” “So good you wouldn’t believe it!”

♥ Heather Hartung
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