Jim Byrne passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
He was born in Waterbury Conn., to Matthew and Margaret (Skelly) Byrne, where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1944. He went on to earn a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., in 1947. He proudly served his country, three years as a Merchant Marine and six years as a U.S. naval officer during the Korean War. After release from the Navy in 1956, he was employed as a sales engineer in Boston until 1966, and then in the power plant construction industry in California and Nevada, and finally in Port Clinton, retiring from the Toledo Edison Co. (Davis Besse) in 1992.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Moose club. He was a past member of the Tuesday morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast, and the Fraternal Order of the Elks.
Jim most enjoyed his home, its many projects, and its views of Lake Erie. He was most dedicated to his family and his cause of preserving conservative family values. This gentle man, husband, father, grandfather and citizen, will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Beverly (LaFoille) of San Diego, whom he married Dec. 12, 1953; their children, Catherine (Michael) Woodburn of Fallbrook, Calif., Bob (Adriana) of Cameron Park Calif., Judy Grey, and Eileen (Chuck) Meisler of Port Clinton; grandchildren, Meaghan and Sean Woodburn, James (Gus) Byrne, Daniel Druyor, Robert (Bo) and Taylor Grey, Logan, Kendall, and Morgan Meisler; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Dave of Las Vegas, and Reid of Waterbury Conn.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton. Prayer services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, celebrated by Rev. Raymond Ensman. Private graveside services will be held at Catawba Island Cemetery. Following the mass a luncheon will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Port Clinton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, Stein Hospice, or the Ottawa County Humane Society.
Condolences may be shared with the family at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.