William "Bill" Lorenz Byers

May 21, 1932 - March 12, 2020
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William Lorenz Byers, Jr. age 87, of Dennison died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Hennis Care Centre at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in the family home at New Philadelphia on May 21, 1932, Bill was a son of the late William L. Byers, Sr. and Elizabeth Sickels Byers.

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William Lorenz Byers, Jr. age 87, of Dennison died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Hennis Care Centre at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in the family home at New Philadelphia on May 21, 1932, Bill was a son of the late William L. Byers, Sr. and Elizabeth Sickels Byers.

Bill attended New Philadelphia High School and remained a life-long Quaker fan. Being an avid sports fan, Bill also loved the Cleveland Browns the Cleveland Indians, The Ohio State Buckeyes and NASCAR. He especially looked forward to gatherings with family and friends and hosting an annual Fourth of July party.

Professionally, Bill had a 40 plus year career as a car salesman that began at the former Brightwood Motors in 1966 and later with Harry Humphries. He ultimately went to work for Ferris Chevrolet and retired in 2010.

Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Debra Nelson whom he married on September 2, 1983, two children, Bill (Sue) Byers, III of South Carolina and Jody (Jeff) Ritchey of Florida, six grandchildren, Bill (Jen) Byers, IV, David (Brooke) Byers, Crystal Moore, Sarah Byers, Ben (Christal) Ritchey and Brad (Jess Shaw) Ritchey and 12 great-grandchildren. Completing the family are a sister, Betty Weber, two sisters-in-law, Lisa (Jeff Jackson) Nelson and Holly Nelson and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by three brothers, Carlos, Lewis, and Lee Byers and a sister, Luella Frownfelter.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation will take place with private services being held. Burial will take place in the East Avenue Cemetery. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia is handling arrangements.

The family requests memorial contributions in Bill’s name be directed to the Quaker Club, P.O. BOX 202 New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.



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East Avenue Cemetery


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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New Philadelphia Quaker Club

PO BOX 202
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Tuscarawas County Humane Society

Phone: 330-343-6060

1432 Tall Timber Road NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: May 21, 1932
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Brad Shupe posted on 3/16/20

Deb, I am truly feeling so much sorrow for your loss - and the loss we're all experiencing. Bill was such a great personality, and always a supporter of me, personally. I will never forget that. Please know that my prayers are with you and the rest of the family.


Shari Grewell posted on 3/16/20

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers for comfort and peace. Jeff, Shari, Kimberly and Daniel Grewell


Ron and Jill McQuerrey posted on 3/16/20

Our sincere sympathy Deb. We always enjoyed Bill's stories and his great hearty laugh that brought a smile to everyone. He will be missed. Love, Ron and Jill


Helen Rabatsky posted on 3/16/20

Sincere sympathy to the family. Bill's smile could light up a gathering. Always a positive outlook which he shared with all. It was a pleasure to consider him a truly one of a kind person. As a customer of his and in turn a customer of ours he will be missed. Bob and Helen Rabatsky


ROXANNE HERSHBERGER posted on 3/16/20

Deb & family, so sorry , words can not compare to all the great memories you have. I DO remember all the great Fourth of July parties !! I will let Mom know. Roxie (Burger) Hershberger


Patty Dunkle posted on 3/15/20

I am so sorry for your loss. I was lucky enough to know Bill if only for a short time. He was a good man and he will be truly missed. Deb, I will also miss your beautiful face as I was also lucky to get to know you through Hennis. If you need anything at all please feel free to let me know. Or if you want to meet to hang out I am here for you. Know that you, as a couple inspired me. Your kindness and patient love for Bill was, and is, a true inspiration. Bill was fun to be around and I enjoyed him very much. Gods blessings be you all.


Jerri Johnson posted on 3/15/20

Jolly Uncle Bill, his laugh as contagious as this smile, i can hear Aunt Lou, Uncle Carlis, Uncle Lee, my Dad Lewis having the best reuion ever, love you forever Uncle Bill ? untill we meet again


Greg & Laurie Quillen posted on 3/14/20

So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great neighbor & always had a smile to share.prayers to all.?


Tracy Rothacher posted on 3/14/20

So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping all in thoughts. Scottie & Tracy Rothacher


John Wolfe, RN posted on 3/14/20

My condolences to Debbie and the family. Bill worked with my dad for years at Humphries and then I got to see him often at Hennis. He was a good guy...I loved that he still called me Johnny like when I was little and he always asked how my mom was doing. He was a great guy...fly high Bill!


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 3/14/20

To All of Bill's Family, So very sorry for your loss, he and my Hubby, Bob, were close friends in the years....Bill was a great man...RIP Bill..... Thinking of you all with good thoughts and prayers.... Carolyn Cua Vaughn


Joy and Dennis Fazenbaker posted on 3/14/20

Sorry to hear about Uncle Bill’s passing. It is not an easy thing losing a parent. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Dennis and Joy


Julie Garrett Polka posted on 3/14/20

Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Robert F Weber posted on 3/14/20

Loved my Uncle Bill....always my favorite Uncle.He always had a smile and something good to say.He'll be missed by many.