Lewis John ByerlyLewis John Byerly, 55, died July 4, 2013, in Homer, Alaska, doing what he loved: working on a commercial fishing vessel.
Lewis John Byerly, 55, died July 4, 2013, in Homer, Alaska, doing what he loved: working on a commercial fishing vessel.
He was born Oct. 15, 1957, to Donald Sr. and Betty (Pepera) Byerly, in Duluth. His family moved to Frederic in 1963 where Lewis attended Frederic schools and graduated in 1976. Lewis was very active in 4-H and other interests, and he was an excellent gymnast and pole vaulter in high school. He graduated from UW-Superior where was active in Sigma Tau Gamma, involved in university projects, worked as a gymnastics coach and volunteered for Special Olympics. Throughout college Lewis worked summers in Homer, Alaska, as a commercial fisherman. He loved the state, returning many times over the years to visit and work. Lewis lived in the Indian Creek area where his children Andrew and Emily Byerly grew to adulthood. He volunteered at many community events and was a member of the Lorain Fire Department.
Lewis was a good son, father, brother, and friend, and he touched the lives of many with his smile, tender heart, and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed by his children, family and friends. We all have a Lewis story or two to share and remember.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, George and Evelyn Pepera and Frank and Mable Byerly; parents, Donald Sr. and Betty Byerly Webster; eldest brother, Don Jr.; and nephew, David Slater.
Left to mourn are his children, Andrew and Emily; stepchildren Randy Ritchey and Sandi Ritchey; brothers, Francis (Vicki) Byerly and Blaine (Lori) Byerly; sisters, Susan (Bryce) Thomson and Beth (Warren) Wood; sister-in-law, Christine Byerly; nephews, Daniel Byerly, Joe Byerly and Fran Byerly; nieces, Sarah (Mike) Funk, Angela (Chris) Amundson and Paige Byerly; lifelong hunting partners Bruce Dudley and Ryan (Terri) Forstrom; and the Homer fishing community.
A celebration reception of Lewis’s life will be held Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Indian Creek American Legion Hall in Frederic, Wis.