Longtime Ninilchik resident Edward Woodrow Byrne died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, of natural causes at his home. He was 85.
A memorial luncheon will be held at noon today at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Mr. Byrne's remains will be interred in Kingsville, Texas, at a later date.
Mr. Byrne was born March 9, 1915, in Roodhouse, Ill., where he was raised and educated. He also lived in Texas where he furthered his education by completing two years at Texas A&M University, but he still continued his lifelong love of learning. Mr. Byrne owned and operated Ed Byrne's Furniture and Appliances in Kingsville, Texas. He also was the co-owner of the BS Ranch in Texas. He retired in the mid-1970s when he sold his furniture store. Mr. Byrne moved to Ninilchik in 1974, which is when he became president of the Ninilchik Senior Center and a member of the Elks Lodge. He had more than 20 years experience as a private pilot, flying his own plane all over the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. He enjoyed fishing, flying and teasing his grandchildren.
"Ed was dearly loved by all. We are so fortunate to have had Ed in our lives. His family will miss his charm, his advice, and his Texas brand of humor," his family wrote.
Mr. Byrne is survived by his wife of five years, Lenora; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Mickey Mills, of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Amy Crocker, of Missouri; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Robert Meyers, of Fairfield, Iowa; and stepchildren Ella May, Pete, Patricia, Elaine and Paul, and their spouses and children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Ninilchik Senior Center Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 39422, Ninilchik, AK 99639.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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