BYL, Francis 1918-1989
BYL, AIELTS, BOELMAN
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Date: 1/2/2016 at 20:59:06
Services Held For Francis Byl
Francis Byl, 70, of Aplington, passed away at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, at the University Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, rural Wellsburg, on Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Ronald D. Fisher officiated.
Musical interludes were rendered by Mrs. Wilbert Ubben, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
Casket bearers were John R. Harms, Rudolf Sents, Chris Fisher, Leslie Frey, Harold Aswegan, Roland (Smiley) Mehmen, Steven Kramer, and Fred Johnson.
The ushers were Mark DeBoer and Elwin Finger. Irene Finger and Johanna VanLoh were in charge of the floral arrangements.
Interment was in St. Peter's United Church of Christ Cemetery, rural Wellsburg.
Francis E. Byl was born May 8, 1918, at Monroe, SD, the son of Tony and Anna Aielts Byl. After his father's death when he was two years old, his family moved to Grundy county, and he attended and graduated from the Pleasant Valley Township Country school. He worked for various farmers as a farm hand in the Pleasant Valley area.
On June 25, 1941, he was united in marriage to Laura Boelman at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church near Fern. For five years, he worked on various farms, and in 1946, they started to farm for themselves. They farmed south of Aplington until 1968, when they retired and made their home in Aplington.
He was a long time member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, and had served several terms on the church council and was also a member of the Men's Brotherhood group. He always enjoyed fishing.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Teunis, in 1983, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, of Aplington; three sons, Virgil D. Byl, Wellsburg, Vernon L. Byl, Waverly, and Roger D. Byl, or Centerville; one daughter, Mrs. Gene (Julie) Gladin, of Weaverville, NC; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 February 1989, pg 15
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