John Byrne, 92
John "Jack" Edward Byrne, 92, of Red Wing, died Friday, Sept. 13, at the Seminary Home.
He was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Park Falls, Wis., the only child of Edward and Kathyrn (Sullivan) Byrne. At age two, he and his family moved to Minneapolis. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School. He then worked at Wheeling Corrugated for a number of years. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. during World War II, serving in the South Pacific, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he attended St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota before graduating from Brown Institute.
On July 2, 1949, he married Gail OKerson. The couple moved to Red Wing in 1950, where he worked for Durkee-Atwood. He was a member of the Church of St. Joseph and served on the Red Wing city council. He enjoyed building things, including his own home where the family has lived for 50 years, and also enjoyed traveling which included two trips to Ireland. He loved Minnesota sports teams and was active in politics.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; three sons, Blaise (Debbie) Byrne of Woodbury, John (Kim) Byrne of Red Wing, and Barry (Laurie) Byrne of Chatfield; six grandchildren, Taylor, Erin, Cassie, Alex, Chris and Allison Byrne.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brendon, in 2003.
Mass of Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Church of St. Joseph with Father Thomas Kommers presiding. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Memorials are preferred to the Church of St. Joseph.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com