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Jeffrey Wayne Byer, age 58, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019.  He was born in Marion, Indiana, to the late Lawrence and Janet (Chapman) Byer on December 31, 1960.  Jeff loved camping and most of all spending time with his family.  He was the greatest caretaker; always looking out for others and willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. 

Survivors include his wife of almost 30 years, Tina Razmus Byer; son, Jason (Sarah) Byer; daughters, Jessica Schmidt and Jaclyn Byer; grandchildren, Lorelai, Lily, Parker, and a baby girl on the way; sisters, Teri (Paul) Ickes and Lauri Byer; and many other relatives and friends. 

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; baby granddaughters, Alexa and Gabriella Schmidt; and sister, Valerie Sosh.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at The College Inn, 1210 College Ave. N.E., at 1:00pm.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jeff’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Natasha sosh on January 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Still waiting for someone to say this is just a terrible terrible prank and that hes fine and home playing with all the grandbabies… why is it the good people are the ones to leave us? Why not the horrible ones who do unspeakable crimes and dont need to be on this earth? Maybe its guilt that’s making me feel this way too. I havent seen him in years, regardless I loved him so much. He was so kind, I never seen him really ever get angry as a kid. I loved spending the nights over there. He spoiled us lol I just wish I would have been able to keep visiting them. You never think of these things until its too late.

  2. Lauri Byer on January 30, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I love and miss you Jeffy, my big brother.

  3. Ricky on January 30, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss . May the stars shine down and you know hes flying high and still looking after all of you. Prayers from your cousin today and always.

  4. KEVIN BYER on January 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    This is so unbelievable to me. I have such good memories of visits with my Michigan family as a child. Time goes by so quickly. I am so sorry for the loss of Jeff. My family and I are thinking of you all.

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