Robert J. "Bob" Byrns, 77, of Hurley, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Ironwood, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Ironwood, son of the late William and Alma (Bergman) Byrns, attended St. Ambrose Grade and High School, and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley in 1952. While in high school, he excelled in basketball and baseball. He then attended Wayne State University in Detroit on a basketball scholarship, but returned to Hurley to help take care of his ailing father.
Bob was employed by Gust Giancola Masonry in Hurley for several years. He then began his career with the City of Hurley in the sanitation department and eventually was appointed street superintendent, retiring in June of 1990 after 33 1/2 years of dedicated service.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley and the Hurley Quarterback Club, and was inducted into the Hurley Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He also umpired for Hurley Area Little League Baseball for many years, and played recreational baseball and basketball in Hurley city leagues. He also donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society and other area charities for many years.
On July 6, 1957, he married the former Marilyn A. Korpi at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. She preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2005.
Surviving are six children, Debi (Gene) Synkelma, Eugene, Ore., Kathleen Byrns, Hurley, Barbara (Jim) Wilman, Ironwood, William (Connie) Byrns, Alaska, Patricia (Greg) Paavola, Marquette, and Elizabeth (Frank) Redwing, Front Royal, Va.; 13 grandchildren, to include a special grandson, Joseph (Mary) Byrns, Superior, Wis.; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Patrick, Evansville, Wis.; a sister, Sue Byrns, Ironwood; numerous nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Delores Byrns, Germantown, Wis., Verna Leinonen, Covington, Shirley (Merle) Conrad, Grand Rapids, and Betty Korpi, L'Anse.
Besides his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Joseph and Robert John Jr.; a brother, William; and sister, Anne Novak.
Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Rite of Committal and interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley.
Luncheon will be served in the parish hall immediately upon return from the cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to Bob's family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.