Samuel Ephriam Byers

Born: Fri., Apr. 11, 1930
Died: Sat., Mar. 26, 2011

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Samuel E. Byers - a resident of Pendleton, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home in Pendleton. He was 80 years old. At his request, no services will be held. A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. You may sign the online guestbook and send condolences at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in care of arrangements. Samuel Ephriam Byers was born April 11, 1930, in Wenatchee, Washington. He was the son of Byron Michael and Zetha Gladys Fry Byers. As a young boy he grew up on a family farm in Rock Island, Washington. He attended the new elementary school which had been established to serve the families who were building the Rock Island Dam. The family moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon, in 1940 when the Kerns Co. built the Sawmill. He graduated from Pilot Rock High School in 1948. He had played football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school, and had been a member of the Rockets six-man football team that took second in the state of Oregon, in the fall of 1947. Sam was a man with many talents and interests. He helped his father build a gas station with a body and fender shop, where the Round-Up Room is today in Pilot Rock. He also helped his father build the West Burch Mill, a small sawmill on West Birch Creek, where he worked as a ratchet setter. In 1953 he married Sherrill M. McKee of Pendleton. They moved to San Francisco, California in 1957, where Sam attended school and graduated as an Electronic Engineer. He worked for Federal Electric on the Titan Missile in Moses Lake, Washington, and for Lockheed where he worked on the Polaris Missile. He then worked for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, where he had worked for 25 years until his retirement. Sam was also an accomplished guitar player, and had played with many different bands throughout his lifetime. He played for dances at the White Eagle Grange and also in Ukiah in the early 1950's. His favorites were the two big bands he played with while living in Bellevue, Washington. They were Route 66 and Sophisticated Swing; which both played music from the 1930's, 40's and 50's. In 2010, he and Sherrill made the move back "home" to Pendleton. Sam is survived by his wife of 57 years Sherrill Byers of Pendleton, two daughters: Becky B. Doubles, and Merry L. Dinkelman & son-in-law Scott Dinkelman, and four grandchildren: Steve Doubles, Amanda Doubles, Adelle Dinkelman and Sam Dinkelman, all of the Seattle, WA, area, a niece Janie Giesler & Albert Giesler, great-niece Andrea Munkers and her family all of Pilot Rock, OR, two brothers-in-law: Tom McKee and Chuck McKee & wife Joey of Pendleton, as well as nephew Joe Horn and great-nephew Brian Patten of the Portland, OR, area. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister & brother-in-law, Fred and Lucile Horn.

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