Pixley Funeral Home


Byron Edward Dees

April 21, 1956October 11, 2020

Byron Edward Dees, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on Sunday October 11, 2020 at the age of 64. He was born in Highland Park, Michigan on April 21, 1956 to Berneda and Lawrence Dees. Byron graduated from Madison High School before going to trade school as a Tool and Die Apprentice in 1985. He loved his career as a skilled union die maker at Fiat Chrysler for 34 years and held membership in the UAW. He married his wife, Catherine Kroll, on June 26, 2020.

Byron was previously married to Cynthia Smith Dees. He had a passion for cooking of all types and putting smiles on his guests faces and tummies. Byron also loved to eat excellent food, always analyzing the ingredients and its preparation. He loved the Lions though they frequently disappointed him while he wore a full ensemble of Lions clothing and gear. He loved drinking an ice cold Coke or a Budweiser, but only if it was in a bottle, enjoyed watching General Hospital or a mafia movie.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Kroll; daughter Dana (Jon Brodeur) Dees; Stepchildren Lauren (Jonathan) Dunlap, Lindsay Bloom, and Alex Kroll; sweet grandchildren Wyatt and Andrew; sisters Cheryl (Dennis) Hoppe and Brenda Taylor; his nieces and nephews Anthony, Scott, Chantelle, Angie, Kevin and Melissa; and his loving cats Jack, Jill, and Emily. Byron will also be missed by his loyal caregiver Jennifer Fiske.

There will be a gathering for Byron at 1 PM on Sunday, October 18th, at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, MI with a service being held at 2 PM.

Those who are unable to join in person may view a livestream of the service at

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  • Gathering

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service Live Stream

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020


Byron Edward Dees

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Larry Jasinski

October 17, 2020

Sadly my strongest memories of Byron will be intertwined with the worst two months of my life.
When Connie came home from the Hospital she was too weak to cook and I was/am a lousy cook.
However we made do and she wasn’t eating anyway. Awhile later Cathy appears at the door with a whole load of packaged, precooked meals which I later found out were cooked by Byron.
Connie still wasn’t eating but the food was excellent and I’ll definitely agree with Cathy about what a great cook Byron was.
Each package was enough for three meals and tasted like much care was expended in its preparation. It kept me going when I was alone and not doing anything. Thanks again Cathy and especially Byron.

Bob and Andrea Maciejewski

October 15, 2020

When we moved into our new home in Clarkston, we were surrounded by trees, and lots of hungry birds! Byron built us a wonderful, sturdy bird house, with a tall pole for safety. We were so touched by his thoughtfulness in sharing his talents with us. May Byron rest in the arms of our Lord.


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