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Oscar J. Byron

Oscar J. Byron, 80, of Edinburg, ND passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 at home surrounded by family. 

Oscar J. Byron was born December 1, 1939, near Hallson, ND, to Sigurdur and Helga (Hannesson) Byron. He grew up and attended school in the Hallson area and graduated from high school in Mountain, ND in 1958. He attended and graduated from Mayville State College. In June 1960 he married his sweetheart, Shirley Gudmundson, in Mountain, ND. He taught for 50 years and co-owned Byron and Hammer Construction employing his children and some of his students. Upon retirement he drove for Walsh County Public Transportation. 

He was a member of the Pembina Hills Lutheran Church. He loved cooking and baking, especially his secret chocolate cake. He also enjoyed coaching, fishing, attending concerts and occasionally gambling. His family was his passion and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild attending their many activities. 

Oscar is survived by his wife Shirley, children Sherri Hurt of Hoople, ND; Kim (Jon) Ness of Devils Lake, ND; Kristi (Tom) Holm of Hoople, ND; John Byron (Terri Nelson) of Fargo, ND; Kirk (Beth) Byron of Palmer, AK. He was Afi to Michael Seim, Shelby Ness, Jordan Seim, MacKenzie Ness, Zachary Hurt, Lucas Byron, Morgan Seim, Andrew Hurt, Katelynn Byron, and Austin Byron. Grandchildren Tyson (Kenzie) Holm, Jacob Holm. Great Granddaughter Hayden Gehrtz. Sister, Marie Simundson, Sister-in-law, Catherine Byron. Numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Eric Hurt, great grandson Oscar Seim, siblings Ben Byron, Alfred Byron, Louis Byron, Sam Byron, Kristine Hannesson, Ella Moore, Steinun Berg, Gunna Johnson, Helga Halldorson, and Marlene Johnson. Brother-in-Law Todd Gudmundson. 

A Celebration of Oscar’s Life will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center, Edinburg, ND.

Social distancing and wearing of a mask is recommended.







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Sorry for your losd. Thoughts and Prayers from Randy and Doris Karas

Doris Jun 26 2020 12:00 AM

I attended grade school with Oscar and his sister Marie they were neighbors and friends of the family! Just wanted to let Shirley and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all! He was a good friend!

Julia Gustafson Hager Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. We want to offer our prayers and condolences to you and your family. Oscar will be missed by so many.

Park River Bible Camp Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

So very sad to hear this news. Oscar and Shirley were our host couple when Bobby and I were married in Mountain. I remember Shirley looked like a princess ,she wore a long baby blue gown with long sleeves and I think feathers on the bottom of the sleeves. She could've starred in the movie Frozen no kidding. I remember after the wedding we went to Byrons for a drink and I heard Oscar laughing at one end of the bar and Bobby next to me laughing and it was like stereo . Loved to hear Oscar laugh which he did a lot. It was infectious. Being team mates for the Byron reunion we had many good times. Will he be missed ---oh yeah . We will have many memories to warm our hearts.Love and hugs to all. Louann and Bobby

rnl.john@gmail.com Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to all of you. Oscar was a great man we knew him from him driving the Walsh county transportation bus. Oscar will be missed by all.

Mike and Susan Mckeehan Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Cherish all the precious memories you have together.

Dale & Colleen Dalsted Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Byron and I started school at the same time - he as my teacher and my first year of elementary school. Mr. and Mrs. Byron were very dear to my family and remained life long friends. It was very special when they came to my father's funeral a year ago. Sweet memories - hold on tight to them.

Terrie Montgomery Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Oscar's passing. I worked with him at the Edinburgh school. I will always remember his infectious laugh. Prayers to all.

Kris Heine Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace Uncle!

Stephanie Crandall Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

As a young girl I spent a lot of time on Helgas farm I called her grandma because alll my grandparents passed away. She would take me to Langdon shopping. My mother RUNA BYRON would drive . Oscar would always pull tricks on me and I fell for them every time. One time he took me to the little barn on there farm to watch him milk the cow I should have known he had a trick up his sleeve he got me close enough the next thing I know hes spraying cow milk at me his laugh was contagious and he was always pulling ticks on me nothing bad all in fun he was a lot of fun and always had that look he was up to something I will miss him and was blessed to have such great memories of him. Blessed to have seen him in mountain last August and get our picture together Love you Rest In Peace my dear cousin

Elizabeth Byron Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

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