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Richard Ray Byerly, 76 – Taught Agriculture at Tri Valley

Richard Ray Byerly, age 76, of Hollow Road, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 20, 2023 at his home.

He was born on January 13, 1947, the son of [the late] Merle and Evelyn (Daniel) Byerly.

Richard’s passion in life was agriculture. After graduating from Penn State University in 1968, he started his career as an Ag teacher at Danville High school from 1969-77. He worked for Meckley’s Farm in Mandata from 1977 until he returned to Ag teaching in 1983 at Tri-Valley High School, where he eventually retired in 2000. As a teacher, Richard took pride in mentoring youth as an FFA advisor, guiding countless students through their livestock production projects.

Richard took pride in owning and operating Twindale Farm in Rebuck since 1971. He greatly enjoyed spending his days working on the farm and, in recent years, tending his herd of Braunvieh cattle. He enjoyed volunteering in many agricultural areas over the years, but he especially cherished his time spent volunteering at the Northumberland County Fair.

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He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Rose (Klinger) Byerly; three children,
Andrew (Samantha) Byerly of Naples FL, Amy Byerly and domestic partner (William Troxel) of Pittsburgh and Holly (Dan) Jankowski of Benton; brother, Ronald Byerly of Dornsife; grandchildren, Jade (Justin) Virgin and Koby Byerly of Naples FL, Leighton and Logan Mann of Pittsburgh, Phoenix Campanile, Joshua Fisher, Jacob, Bree and Gabriel Jankowski, all of Benton; great granddaughter, Anastasia Virgin of Naples FL, and a nephew, Adam Byerly in FL.

There will be a life celebration held at Minnich Funeral, 1238 West Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098 on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 11-12 PM. Guests are asked to dress casual and share a memory during the visitation time.. A memorial and burial will be held at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, memorials “In Memory of Richard Byerly” may be made to the Northumberland County Fair Association, 3920 State Route 890, Sunbury, PA 17801.

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