Vernon W. Byer
February 8, 1927 – November 6, 2019
Vernon W. Byer, Age 92 Vernon was a long-time resident of Ossian and Markle died peacefully at home on November 6, 2019. Born on February 8, 1927 in Fort Wayne he graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne and then received a degree in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1952. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Joann A. Byer. He was a devoted husband, family man and very proud of his three daughters Michelle, Tamera and Teresa. Vernon was a likeable and friendly guy who was well loved by the Ossian Community. He was especially known for his sense of humor and he had a special gift of making everyone feel welcome. He could take any situation and see the fun-side of life and make people laugh and was known as a “ham”. He was very active in Ossian where he owned Byer Drug Store for many years. It was much more than the corner drug store. It was a popular soda shop and a gathering place for students and people of all ages. Many people over the years reminisced about the camaraderie and time spent enjoying milkshakes, green rivers, malts and ice cream sodas. Many weren’t aware, but Vernon always made sure that his community was cared for with his giving nature and service to others. If someone was in need, he would help and provide them with the medication they desperately needed at a cost they could afford. He cared about people and their health more than the bottom line of his store. After moving from Ossian, Vernon also owned the Markle Pharmacy and the Warren Pharmacy for and continued his support of those communities as well. In addition, Vernon loved nature and originally studied Forestry at Purdue. He had a passionate love for the outdoors which often took him hunting, fishing, boating and more. He is survived his eldest daughter, Michelle Borthwick and twin daughters Teresa Byer and Tamera Byer-Kinnaird, and grandchildren Hans Winterhalter, Liam Kinnaird and Shanah McLaughlin. Vernon served in the 8th US Army, WWII as a Staff Sergeant of the 304th Signal Battalion in the Pacific and Japan. Vernon was an avid lover of all animals, and at the time of his death was caring for his adored five cats. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Helping Paws Pet Haven, P.O. Box 5261, Huntington, IN 46750. Or donate online at hpph.org. There will be a short service by Pastor Rick Smalling followed by a commemorative military graveside ceremony on November 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Ossian at the Oaklawn Cemetery. This is a public event and those who knew Vernon are invited to come and pay their respects.
- Graveside Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
Vernon W. Byer
November 7, 2019
Michelle, Tami and Teri,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I have great memories of him running the drugstore, always allowing us kids to come in to the store. Working at the store for two weeks one summer was my first real job! It is the last place I can recall having a real soda fountain.
Lots of great times with your family during my middle and high school years! Keeping all of you in my prayers🙏💓