Eugene Leroy Byker of Mora, died on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 82 years old.
Eugene, lovingly known as Gene, was born Nov. 17, 1937, to Garrit and Doris (Norman) Byker in Braham. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in December of 1962. He was very proud of being a veteran. Along with numerous jobs, he was a proud and dedicated member of the 49er’s Union; working as a heavy equipment operator until retiring at the age of 55.
Besides other marriages, on Jan. 27, 1962, he was united in marriage with Judith Hollman, and to this union four children were born, Tammy, Debra, Travis and Kimberly. They were later divorced but remained friends. He was united in marriage to Avis Krone on Dec. 31, 2003. The couple made their home on a few acres in Mora. In his later years, he enjoyed farming, helping various farmers with field work in the spring and fall, going to the casino to play bingo, having coffee at Sportsmen’s Café and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by family, friends and loyal little dog, Gizmo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Avis; parents Garrit and Doris; and brother Gary.
He is survived by his children, Tammy (Tim) Smith of Ogilvie, Deb (Mike) Gould of Coon Rapids, Travis Byker of Minneapolis and Kim (Jerald) Gay of Ogilvie; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Vonnie Oman of Cambridge; step-children, Kathy (Steve) Kerr of Mora, Sandy (Jim) Larson of Isanti, Shari Fischer of Plymouth, Kim Barreno of Connecticut, Dan (Julie) Krone of Mora, Darci (Chad) Perreault of Connecticut and Mike (Brittany) Krone of Isanti; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gene passed away unexpectedly due to COVID-19, therefore a private family graveside service was held on Sept. 16, 2020 at the Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Ogilvie. Pastor Bob DeYoung officiated. Military Honors were provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.