Stephen Franklin Byus
McWilliams Funeral Home
125 East 1st Street
Wellston, OH
Byus Stephen Franklin Byus, age 39, of Reynoldsburg, and a former resident of Wellston, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan from injuries received from a suicide bomber attack near his location. Steve had volunteered to assist the Afghan National Army in improving its logistics capabilities. He was employed by the Defense Logistics Agency and had been deployed from DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. Steve was born February 14, 1975 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Randall W. Byus and Suzanna Price Byus. He was a graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School and then went on to attend and graduate from Wellston High School in 1993. While in high school, Steve enjoyed playing sports and being a friend to everyone. He graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Steve was a member of the United States Navy Reserves and was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East at the time of his death. He was a loving husband and wonderful father, son, brother and friend, who loved spending time and playing with his children. Steve was very active with the Taylor Road Elementary Watchdog Program in Reynoldsburg and he was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan. Steve is survived by his wife of 12 years, Valerie Fouty Byus, who he married on September 15, 2002; two children, Alexandrea Nicole, age 9 and Jacob Aaron, age 6; parents, Randall W. Byus (Bonnie) of Wellston and Suzanna Price Byus of Coalton; brothers, Matthew Byus (Samantha) of Cambridge, Vermont and Daniel and Randall J. Byus, both of Coalton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifton and Donna Fouty of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Angie Remy (Larry DesJardins) of Gahanna and Vickie Fouty of Vinton; brother-in-law, David Fouty (Peggy) of Columbia, SC; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jerry R. Byus, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Jacobs Byus and Harry N. Price, Helen J. Yates Pierce and Leo F. Pierce, and his brother-in-law Cliff Fouty. A private family gathering will be held at the McWILLIAMS FUNERAL in Wellston at the family's convenience. Public visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. at the Wellston High School. Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Wellston High School with John Pelletier, CLP officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson with military honors by the Navy Operational Support Center Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be given to a fund that has been set up in Reynoldsburg to help with the future education of his children, Alexandrea and Jacob, C/O Valerie Byus, 8423 Rodebaugh Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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Still missing you big guy. Carrying on for you at DLA. Watching over the family from afar.
Angie Des Jardins
September 15, 2017
God Bless Stephen, God Bless Stephens family and watch over them as they struggle with this loss. May peace be with you all in this terrible time. God bless the USA, which exists because of brave souls like Stephen who sacrifice for the benefit of freedom.
Jim VanDeVen
Ex Navy Reservist
September 27, 2014
Fair winds and following seas shipmate... Our prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Kristin Buchanan
September 27, 2014
Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. RIP sailor, We have the watch...
Lee Browndorf
Fellow Sailor - Veteran
September 27, 2014
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.
September 27, 2014
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.
Donny Cooks
Navy Veteran -SK1(SW/AW) USN RET
September 27, 2014
So sorry for your loss. May God be with each, and every one of You .Thank You Steve, for doing your part in making this world a better place. R.I.P
October 2, 2014
Thank you for your service and sacrafice. A True Hero has been lost. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
September 28, 2014
May god be with your family friends and loved ones. Such a shock. We feel priviledged to have know you Steve. I know your up there watching down and still protecting us. We will miss you. RIP
Peggy and Jeff Laird
September 27, 2014
I met Steve when I was in Kuwait, and he was coming through on his way home, I believe. I later worked with him on his drill weekends, and when he got a job at the DRMO, I would see him when I went to verify property. The last time I saw him, he was attending training in my former work building, and was really excited over his new job. He always had that big smile and positive attitude. He was a really nice guy, and from his Facebook posts, you could tell he loved being a dad and was so very proud.

My deepest sympathies to his wife, children, parents, siblings, and extended family. He had so many friends, coworkers and shipmates who will miss him too. I believe he is smiling from Heaven at all the communities and caring people have done in his honor. God Bless you Steve. The world lost a great man. God Bless his family as well.
Lou Ann Desmarais
Former Colleague
September 29, 2014
I don't know none of you but sorry for your loss and May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength ,I have followed your page on facebook. RIP Stephen F Byus May you rest in peace.
darlene strong
September 29, 2014
God Bless your family and give them Peace with your passing. We thank you for your service to our Country. Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Charles Arnold Mask Jr. and Barbara Mask
Also Navy Veterans
September 28, 2014
God bless you Sir! You are a true American hero!
Dawn Franze
September 27, 2014
I did not know your son, but i wanted you to know that he is a true hero! I am a veteran and understand the ultimate sacrifice he gave. May you and your family find peace and know you have a beautiful guardian angel watching over you. My sincerest and deepest condolences.
September 27, 2014
BRAVO ZULU Sir, Thank you for your services. May you be resting in Paradise. My condolences to the Byus family.
Gina L Williams
Navy Vet
September 27, 2014
My deepest and sincere condolences to LT Byus's family. His service and sacrifice for our country is appreciated. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Charles Keel
Navy Veteran
September 27, 2014
thank you for your service to our country rest in peace so sorry for the loss to your family may God comfort each and everyone of them
Cindy Taylor
September 25, 2014
Rest in Peace my brother in arms. Prayers with the family of this brave sailor.
Gerry Greene, RM2 (USN Ret) USS John F. Kennedy
September 27, 2014
Dear Byus family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Stephen will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say. Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part. I salute you.
For those missing in action;for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel,A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M.Fisher KIA 12/1/04 Iraq - -
S MacDaniel
November 9, 2014
Very sorry for your loss. Our family is greatful for his service for our country.
October 12, 2014
To the Byus Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one Stephen. May he rest in peace. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
S. Kronenwetter
October 2, 2014
Thank you for your service ,,you are our hero!
September 29, 2014
Rest In Peace Shipmate. Sincere condolences to Stephen's family.
September 28, 2014
Words cannot express my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I have worked with Steve in the past and I know he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Mike Sullo
September 27, 2014
To the Byus family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Steve had a kind and gentle spirit. I've never heard him say a negative word to anyone. He was a bright light and touched so many people in a special way. He really cared for his family and his coworkers. We will miss his kind smile and and quiet humility. He is a true American Hero!

Loretta Franke, coworker
DLA Land and Maritime
Loretta Franke
September 25, 2014
My sincere condolences to Stephen's family . You will be in my prayers in the days to come .
David Humphrey
September 24, 2014
Thank you for your Service to our country. I am so very, very sorry for your family's loss. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
September 24, 2014
My condolences to the family of this hero. Stephen sleeps with the angels tonight.

Reynoldsburg Resident
Vietnam/Army Veteran
Glenna Thom
September 24, 2014
The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Alumni Association offers its heartfelt condolences to the Byus Family.
Rio Grande Alumni Association
September 24, 2014
This is a big loss for your family and out country. We thank you so much for his service and love of his country.
The Weikert family
September 24, 2014
Dear Byus Family: We, the parents in Compassionate Friends send you our heartfelt condolences, we know that you are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Compassionate Friends is an international grief support group for parents, grandparents and siblings who have suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child. In Columbus, we meet monthly to support each other in our grief and love of our children. Our meetings are from 7-9 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229. If and when you are ready to do so, please join us; we will welcome you with open arms and love into this wonderful group of parents who share your grief.
The Compassionate Friends
Columbus, OH Chapter
Mary Ann Ward
September 24, 2014
To the Byus family: I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Daddy, son, brother... I do not know you, but am a Reynoldsburg resident, and I wanted to express my feelings of gratitude for Stephen's committment to his family and his country. He made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. I pray that God will give you peace in this time.
Joy Estose
September 24, 2014
Thank you for your service to our country. May God bless, protect and comfort your family in the days ahead.
Amy Dickson
September 24, 2014
A true American hero that paid the ultimate price for his courage. America thanks you for your service.
Mary Moore
September 24, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one.
Viet Nam Veteran
September 23, 2014
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected] is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg, PA would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
September 23, 2014
I extend my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Stephen Byus in Afghanistan. I am the Ohio Coordinator for Home of the Brave. It is a National Quilt Project where women in each state make a quilt in a Civil War pattern in honor and respect of our fallen heroes. I would love to send both his parents and wife quilts in Stephen's memory. You can fill out a request on our website:
if you would like one. We just want to let our heroes families' know our heart aches for them.
Gone But Not Forgotten,
Janet Alderman
Ohio State Coordinator
Home of the Brave
Janet Alderman
September 21, 2014
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