John T. Byers, 77, of Wadsworth, passed away July 24, 2019, from illness.

He was born July 24, 1942, in Mitchellville, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1964. His career in the rubber industry spanned 41 years. He served in numerous positions for the Rubber Division, wrote many industry papers and received a variety of awards. His published work includes editor for RubberWorld trade magazine and editor for Rubber Industry text books. He served the Wadsworth community as safety director from 1971-1973, member of Wadsworth Jaycees from 1965-1975 and volunteering on the Wadsworth Fire Department from 1974-1989. John's hobbies included music, genealogy and his grandchildren. He played guitar, taught guitar and enjoyed singing, as well as sports, especially baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jan; children, Mike (Karen), Michelle (Eric) Schröeder and Mark (Kelly); grandchildren, Alex and Alicia, Nate and Zach and Chris and Jonathon; sisters, Marge Messinger and Jean (Wayne) Murrow; and sister-in-law, Mary (Greg) Lagerquist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Dona Byers, and brother-in-law, Buck Messinger.

Contributions can be made to the Wadsworth Firefighters Associations, c/o Wadsworth Fire Department, 153 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth, OH 44281.

Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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