The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 4, 2012

Irvin 'Luben' John Byro

—   Irvin "Luben" Byro, age 85, died October 2, 2012 at the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia, MN.

  Funeral Services are 10:30 AM Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia with Pastor Bruce Bringle officiating.

  Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel in Madelia and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

  Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Madelia.

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  Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel in Madelia.

  Irvin "Luben" John Byro was born on May 3, 1927, to John and Bertha (Ives) Byro in Renville County.  Luben attended Hanska school and then went to work on the family farm near Hanska.  He enlisted in the military and served in Italy during the Korean War.  After the war he continued to farm.  He married Bonita Trullinger on June 25, 1955, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia.  This marriage was blessed with five sons. Luben retired from farming and in 1990 moved to Madelia.  He was a member of the Madelia Legion Post #19 and Madelia VFW Post #3842.  He enjoyed people watching, joking, laughing and reminiscing with his family and friends.  He will be remembered for teasing and joking around with people. Luben was famous for giving  everyone a nickname.

  Luben is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Bonita; sons, David of Heidelberg, Michael of Hanska, Richard of Madelia, Douglas (Kari) of Madelia, Thomas (Ellen) of Hanska; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and 6 step grandchildren; brother, Robert; sister-in-laws, Della Byro, Helen Byro; brother-in-laws Roy (Shirley) Trullinger, Jerry (Linda) Trullinger, Steve (Mina) Trullinger; sisters-in-laws Mavis (Vic) Gelner, Darla Dahlager,  Esther Trullinger, Charlotte (John) Malo.  He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Edwin and LeRoy, brother-in-laws Ronald Trullinger and Donald Dahlager and sister-in-law Carol Byro.