Richard Byland

LISBON, OH Richard D. “Dick” Byland, of Guilford Lake, died Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Salem Community Hospital. He was 81.

Born in East Liverpool, March 5, 1932, he was a son of the late James I. Byland, Sr. and Ruth Porter Byland. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served with the U.S. Navy, mostly in Japan. For many years he lived in Mantua, Ohio but has resided in the Guilford Lake area for several years.

He worked for the former Ohio Bell Company, which later became Ameritech, until his retirement in 1987. An accomplished handyman, he was always willing to help family and friends, especially around Clewell’s Landing at Guilford Lake. He was an avid fan of all Ohio sports teams but above everything in life he loved his family and supported their many activities.

On June 2, 1956, he married his loving wife, Lynda McCoy Byland. She survives at home.

He is also survived by a son, David Byland, and his wife Laura, of Birmingham, Alabama, as well as two daughters, Debrah Papenfuse, and her husband Michael, of Saginaw, Michigan and Terri Ijamal, and her husband Rashid, of Thompsons Station, Tennessee.

He will also be missed by his 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Other survivors include two brothers, James Byland, Jr., and his wife Cecilia, of San Diego, California and Edward Byland, and his wife Audrey, of Chester, West Virginia along with two sisters, Barbara James of Orlando, Florida and Linda Buchheit of Columbiana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Richard Byland, and two sisters Elizabeth “Beth” Widger and Pauline Beaver.

Friends may visit Sunday at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from noon to 2 p.m. Rev. Dale Sutton of the First United Methodist Church will conduct a funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide military honors.

Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

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