Wayne A. Byers (1937 - 2011)

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Chinitna Bay homesteader, Mr. Wayne A. Byers, died Dec. 23, 2011 at his home in Chinitna Bay.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at The American Legion Post #20 in Old Town Kenai.
Wayne was born Sept. 1, 1937 in Pennsylvania. He first moved to Alaska in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-63 and was honorably discharged.
In 1965, Wayne found an area he fell in love with, Chinitna Bay, just south of Mt. Iliamna. In 1967, he staked his homestead on a piece of land that has a view rivaled only by Heaven.
He became a set netter by summer and a trapper by winter. In his time in Chinitna Bay, he covered thousands of miles all over the Iniskin Peninsula and beyond on his snow shoes.
Always saying, "A good trapper is only as good as the game he leaves behind," he was an expert hunter and fed himself off the land and the seas for 47 years.
Wayne lived in peaceful solitude for the majority of those years. His only companions were his livestock and his dogs. He lived a very simple yet very full life. Wayne was an animated story teller who could wrap you with his amazing tales of life in the Alaska Bush.
In his time on this earth, he made friends around the world and was a man of unparalleled moral value. He was in life the true essence of an old time Alaskan Pioneer.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Wayne to any of the following organizations, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, The Wounded Warriors Project, The V.F.W. or The U.S.O.
He is survived by a host of friends from Alaska and all around the world.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory
35910 Jawle Street
Soldotna, AK 99669
907-260-3333
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 13, 2012
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