Cover photo for George Byron's Obituary
George Byron Profile Photo
1924 George 2011

George Byron

April 14, 1924 — June 3, 2011

George Byron April 14, 1924 - June 3, 2011

George William Byron, age 87, of Byron Township died on June 3, 2011, at Immanuel St Joseph''s Hospital in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy, Celebrant. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in New Richland. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 6, from 4 pm to 8 pm at McRaith Funeral Home in Waseca, and will continue on Tuesday morning for one hour prior to services at the church. George was born April 14, 1924, to Mary Elmira (Conway) and William E. Byron in Waseca. He was brought up on the 1856 Byron homestead farm in St. Mary''s Township, Waseca County, Minnesota. George attended the Gallagher Country School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waseca. He began farming, and during WWII his assignment was to stay home and produce food. On August 24, 1948, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Munsch at St. Mary''s Catholic Church in St. Mary''s Township, Waseca County. The Byrons farmed and raised their family of seven children in Byron Township, Waseca County, near New Richland. Being a frontiersman and pioneer was passed on to George. He was an early adopter of agricultural technologies, an innovator of new cropping systems and a certified soybean seed grower for many years. He was a devoted member of All Saints Catholic Church and served as a trustee for many years. His leadership extended to the greater farming community in his role for years as director of the New Richland Coop. He was elected as a director of the Steele- Waseca Cooperative Electric and served for 21 years. During his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling, playing cards and the occasional ice fishing trip to the northern Minnesota lakes. As he approached traditional retirement age (not that he ever fully retired), he took up swimming at the Y, walking and was an avid bicyclist. He is survived by his seven children: Jane (Joe) Scheidnes of Roseville; Mary Pat (Ed) Zabinski of Grand Rapids, MN; Dennis (Wendy) Byron of Des Moines, IA; George P. Byron (Bob Menchini) of Sausalito, CA; Bruce W. Byron of Golden Valley; Raymond Byron of New York, NY; and Colleen Byron (Gary Rodman) of Ripon, WI; his siblings, Mary Marple of New Hope, James (Rita) Byron, Paul (Mayone) Byron, Helen Curran, all of Waseca, and Sister Colleen Byron, OSF, Rochester; by his sister-in-law Delores Flintrop of Waseca; by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary Jane, his

parents, George things, his talking French, farmer legendary been be made life. passed to and and This was surfing his to the among an his the brother openness a younger on astute lifelong enthusiasm the New to his at internet, William Richland businessman. family. least farmers learner. extended the for (Mary and We Care about seeing He next reading know to was Ann) people Center three George''s the new that always Byron, latest on generations. sights he his or his to sayings knew open generosity, on-board and e-book. any and brother-in-law and to charity trying and new Memorials George planting met. spirit abundant ideas new of In the and was his things computers, and Raymond donor''s in 80s compassion a humor George''s new knowledgeable were he choosing. ways could were Curran. learning hallmarks honor of have be doing found can of

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of George Byron, please visit our flower store.

Guestbook

Visits: 11

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree