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William R. Byer

William R. Byer, 88, a resident of Clarks Summit, died Sunday at Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center, Olyphant. He and his first wife, the late Betsy Wenger Byer, were married 44 years at the time of her death in 1995. He and his second wife, Anne Jennings Byer, celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in November.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Robert J. and Rose Scheuer Byer, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Bucknell University, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Alongside his father, he ran the family business Robert J. Byer and Son Plumbing and Heating. Later in life he was an Associate of Henkelman Real Estate Company as an appraiser. He was a member of Hickory Street Presbyterian Church, Scranton, were he served as a Trustee and Elder. He was also a member of Schiller Lodge #345 F & A Masons; was a member of the Board of Directors at Citizens Savings and Loan for thirty years and served as Chairman of the Board for three years; and was past president of the Lake Waynewood Association.

Surviving are two daughters Christine Parry and husband James, Venice, FL; Nancy Post and husband Richard, Scranton; grandchildren Leslie Langan and husband Matthew, Jeffrey Parry and wife Courtney, Stephen Post and wife Dana and three great-grandchildren Hannah Langan, Hudson Post and Emma Rose Parry.

In addition to his first wife Betsy, he was preceded in death by a sister Marilyn Shaffer.

A visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7pm in the Corey Brian Strauch Services, LLC, funeral home location, 602 Birch Street, Scranton, PA 18505.

The funeral and interment will be private.

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