Byron H. Birdsell Jr., 90, passed away ( July 04, 2018) at Meadowview Manor in Bridgeport after an extended illness. Byron was born in Derry, Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 1927, the son of the late Byron Sr. and Zelda M. Birdsell. He is the last surviving member of his family; preceding him in death are his brothers, William Birdsell and Eugene Birdsell; his sister, Joan Riggs; and his sons, Gary Birdsell and Jay R. Morgan.
Byron is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol; his son, Keith Birdsell and wife, Shelly; daughter, Valerie Sypolt; Carol's daughters, Debra Arthur, and husband, Jim Heidenreich, and Kimberly Vandergrift; his mother-in-law, Cellesteen Clevenger; six grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He served his country in the Army, Navy, and spent 29 years in the National Guard. He will be remembered as a faithful and devoted member of the Taylor County Honor Guard. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1984 as Postmaster of Rivesville; he enjoyed his retirement golfing, bowling, and for many years coached the Special Olympics.
The family would like to thank all the employees of Meadowview Manor for their kindness and care of Byron, Amedisys Hospice Care, and Taylor County Senior Center for their participation in his care. The family would also like to thank close friends and neighbors, Pat and Beth Tucker, and Amber Rowell for their constant assistance during his time at home.
The family will receive friends at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 9 and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m, Tuesday, July 10, with services beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Nuzum officiating, as Byron was a member of the Boothsville Baptist Church. Interment will be at the WV National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where Full Military Services will be accorded by the Taylor County Honor Guard.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.carpenterandford.com
Published on July 8, 2018