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Alfred L. Byron, Sr.

Alfred L. Byron, Sr., 90, Cavalier, ND passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the Andvari Cemetery.
Alfred Lawrence Byron was born November 29, 1925 in rural Mountain, ND the son of Sigurdur and Helga (Hannesson) Byron. Alfred attended the Beaulieu School until the eighth grade. He received his High School Diploma in 2002 from the Cavalier Public School through the Special Program for WWII veterans. In June of 1944, Alfred enlisted in the Army's 17th Infantry, 7th Division serving in the South Pacific in the Philippines and Okinawa. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal with bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Philippines Liberation Medal with one bronze campaign star. His unit received the Army Presidential Unit Citation and the Presidential Unit Citation. Alfred was honorably discharged in March 1946.
On November 3, 1946, Alfred married Jennie D. Klindt at Walhalla, ND. After their marriage they made their home near Hallson, ND, where they owned and operated a dairy farm of Brown Swiss cows and sold Grade A milk. In 1976, they quit the dairy and switched to beef cattle. Jennie passed away on August 26, 1994. On October 23, 1998, Alfred married Alice A. (Sandgren) Olson of Cavalier. Alice passed away February 21, 2010. In 2013, Alfred sold his beef cows and retired from farming in 2014. After his family Alfred's cattle were his pride and joy.
Alfred was a member of the Pembina Hills Lutheran Church - Hallson, Pembina County Historical Society, and the Bjornson-Sigfusson American Legion Post #227. He served as a Board Member of the Andvari and Hallson Cemetery Association, Borg Pioneer Memorial Home and NE ND Heritage Association - Icelandic State Park from its inception. He was very instrumental in the moving and restoration of the Hallson Church, Akra Hall and the construction of the log cabin. He has served on several other boards and was the Beaulieu Township Assessor for many years.
Alfred was very proud of his Icelandic heritage. He enjoyed trips to Iceland where he met numerous relatives and visited the ND House and other landmarks including the birthplace of his Afi (grandfather). He was well known for just running to the neighbors and coming home later after many cups of coffee. Alfred also enjoyed his many trips to Icelandic State Park to visit his good friends, Henry Duray and Justin Robinson.
Survivors include his children: Alfred Jr. (Carrie) Byron, Perham, MN, Joan (Ernest) Olson, Milton, ND, Katherine Stokke, East Grand Forks, MN, Ralph (Pam) Byron, Cavalier, ND, Gerald (Lisa) Byron, Edinburg, ND, Norine (William) McDevitt, Mechanicsburg, PA, Lila (Ross) Blair, Walhalla, ND, Joyce (Scott) Hansen, Mountain, ND; 24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Johnson, Cavalier, ND, Marie Simundson, Park River, ND; brother, Oscar (Shirley) Byron, Edinburg, ND; step-children: Linda (Jim) Dupre, Rapid City, SD and Doug (Mary Beth) Olson, Cavalier, ND; five step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; son-in-law, Kenneth Stokke; grandchildren: Terra Byron and Sean McDevitt; three brothers and five sisters.


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so sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers are with you.

jim salaba Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of such a wonderful man. May all the memories you have of him fill your heart for days to come! Thinking of you all.

Monica Bohn Sep 12 2016 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of Alfred's passing. I got to know him when he stopped at D&B Motors for service on his Dodge pickups. He was always ready to visit and share stories. I always appreciated him for letting me turkey hunt on his farm. My prayers are with his family as I remember him as a wonderful man.

Paul Olson Sep 11 2016 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry Ralph and Pam. Your dad was such a nice man. He truly will be missed. Ralph what will you do with all your time now😭

Susie Svenson Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

Alfred sounds like he was a Great Man and will be missed by many! His heart must have been full every day! I will keep you all in my prayers and positive thoughts! My Love goes out especially to The Blair wing of the family, I love you all so much and hope you find comfort in each other during this time. Love and Light, Kris & Family

Kristen Francis Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy to family and friends in your loss. I remember Uncle Alfred as always wearing a smile, as if he had just pulled a great prank. The number of quarters he found behind my ear or in my shirt pocket when I was a young child always amazed me.

Cecil & Kim Werven Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

I am sorry! Alfred was a loving man & brought joy to all!

Allen Vandal Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Alfred passing. He took a lot of history with him but very honored he got to share a few of his story's with me when I worked at D&B motors. Driving by his farm yard I always think of the story he told me of shooting a moose off his door step. Alfred was a kind soft spoken man, you will be missed my friend! RIP.

Tom Crockett Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to all the families

Vera and Elroy Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was such a thoughtful, community minded man.

Karyn Dobmeier Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM

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