Richard "Rick" H. Byers Jr. |

Richard "Rick" H. Byers Jr.

Richard “Rick” H. Byers Jr., 61, of Rifle, passed away Jan. 16, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Rick was born July 12, 1947, in Pueblo, to Richard “Dick” H. Byers Sr. and Ella Mae Shockley. He graduated from East High School in Pueblo in 1965.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, spending his first year in the submarine the SS Caiman. He then served aboard the USS Vesuvius, an ammunition ship, during the Vietnam War.

Rick lived in many places during his life, but loved it in Rifle, where he settled seven years ago after moving from Seattle.

Rick loved the Broncos, Notre Dame, the Rockies and Gonzaga, but most of all, he loved fishing. If Rick had a day off in spring and summer, and a way to get there, he was fishing.

Rick was well-liked, even by his ex-wives. His sense of humor and wit will be missed greatly, especially by his brothers and nephew. The world seems a more empty place without him; watching sports and fishing just won’t be the same.

Rick is survived by two sons; brothers Pat Byers of Rifle, Mike Byers of Rifle and John Farrell of Greeley; and nephew Shane Byers of Rifle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ron Woodard; and son J.P. Byers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to any organization for veterans.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Rifle Funeral Home.

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