John "Mr. B" L. ByersJanuary 30, 1937 ~ November 21, 2016 (age 79)
John Lyle Byers “Mr. B”, 79, of Wyoming, IA passed away on Nov. 21, 2016 at Wheatland Manor.
His service will be held on 1:00pm on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Wyoming. A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00pm on Saturday, the 26th at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery.
John was born on January 30, 1937 in Primghar, Iowa to Loren and Emma (Sand) Byers. He graduated from Primghar High School and went on to get his Master’s Degree from the Iowa State Teacher’s College (UNI) where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity. On June 3, 1959 he was united in marriage to his beloved Mary Willa Carnal in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Mr. B began his teaching career at Marble Rock, Iowa where he introduced the wrestling program to the district. He went on to work for the Midland High School for 35+ years. He taught Industrial Arts and Driver’s Ed. He also coached Football, Wrestling, and Track throughout that time. He was a compassionate and giving man who loved his family, students, players, and community. Aside from his many years in the classroom and athletics, he was strong in Faith as a Deacon for the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, an EMT for the Wyoming Ambulance along with Mary, and a Centurion of the Mason’s (St. Charles Cornerstone Lodge 141). In 1978 he was honored as the Class “A” Iowa Coach of the Year for Wrestling. In 1992 he was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame. John adored his children, spending time with his grandchildren, and years of traveling to all 50 states with his wife.
Those left to cherish his memories are his three children; Joel Evan (Khue) Byers of Terrell, Tx Marilyn “Mimi” (Stephen) Bardell of DeWitt, Mary “Beth” (Darren) Janssen of Ackley, eight grandchildren; Johnathan Canyon, Dylan and Carson Lake, Evan, Brent and Jay Janssen, Hannah Joy and John Byers, and his sister Betty Koehlmoos of Paullina, Iowa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy, brother Robert, and his wife in 2008.
Memorials may be directed to his family in his honor.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com