Lee K. Byars, 60, Fargo passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Lee was born July 29, 1953 at Hillsboro, North Dakota to Ralph and Harriet (Sunderland) Byars. He grew up in Hillsboro, graduating from Hillsboro High School 1971.

Lee married Monica Howatt August 19, 1972 in Ironwood, MI. They made their home in Fargo where Lee worked as a mechanic for 30+ years at Goodyear, K-Mart and Penske. He later worked in property maintenance at Theis & Talle. Lee was a hard worker, working until 2 weeks before his death. His 3 children helped care for him during his final days.

Lee loved spending time with friends and family at both Toad and Little Toad Lake where Lee built what was to be their retirement home. Lee had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren who were the love of his life.

He grew up in a large family, with 6 brothers who were always there for each other.

Lee is survived by his wife of 41 years, Monica; children, Matthew (Amy) Byars, Fargo, ND, Angela Kisser, Fargo, ND, Kevin Byars, Fargo, ND, 4 grandchildren; Dayne, Tatum, Aiden and Riley, brothers; Ronald (Carol) Byars, Florence, AZ, Larry (Barb) Byars, Coon Rapids, MN, Keith (Karen) Byars, Davenport, IA, Charles Byars, Cambridge, MN and Bradley Byars, Ham Lake, MN.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents and brother Rodney Byars.

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  1. Wellington ColoradoMonica, I am so sorry to hear about Lee. All I can say is that am very happy and proud to have worked and got to know Lee as a friend. I will be thankful for all his many tricks to testing things. He will be missed.

    Judy R.

  2. Fargo Lee was one of the best…I worked with him for a number of years at Thies and Talle. One of the most reliable/knowledgeable guys I knew. I just heard of his passing last night…and have been thinking about him all day. That smile (when you caught it) was the most genuine smile.
    My thoughts and prayers to all of Lee’s family and friends…it was an absolute pleasure to know him.

  3. Fargo ND
    Monica and family,
    Out thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. It is always very difficult to lose the ones you love, but know that others share in your grief and pain. Life will continue to go on, but it will never be the same. Lee will always be with you in your hearts and your wonderful memories of him. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to call.

    God’s Blessings,
    Bob and Staci Kouba

  4. Moorhead MnByars family~
    I’m so sorry for your loss, he was a great man, remember the good times you had with him. My heart goes out to you!
    Chrissy (Larry Onsums daughter)

  5. Although I did not know Lee well myself, I do know that he was highly thought of by everyone at Thies & Talle Management. He was here personally to help our maintenance team and there on the other end of the phone to give his advice when needed. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Thies & Talle Fergus Falls are with Lee’s family.

  6. Fort Myers FloridaMatt,
    So sorry to hear about your Dad. You and Amy and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers. He was too young to be taken away from his loving family.

  7. Fargo ND
    Thinking of you in your time of loss. Chuck it’s been many year’s hope only for better things for you and your family in the future. Jim Stenerson

  8. west fargo North Dakota
    I am sorry for your loss. Please know that Lee Allen is up in heaven watching over all of you. He will be dearly missed.

    You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

    Cindy (Larry Onsum’s daughter)

  9. mayville ndSo very sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. I have very many fond memories Lee. He was one of the nicest man I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers to Monica and the children during this difficult time .

  10. Mesa Az.Chuck and families sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jeff & Karen

  11. West Fargo I grew up in Hillsboro and Lee and his family lived across the street. We had so much fun together growing up- I wish we had stayed in touch-

    May God hold you all in his arms as you go through this loss. Hang on to the memories and celebrate his life. He was an awesome person.

  12. Although I don’t know you personally, I do know you through Wade and Tina. It is very difficult to lose a loved one, especially a husband and father. Please know that it gets better with time, your faith in God will get you through the darkest times. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Gerrie Quaresma

  13. I enjoyed seeing Leeland when he checked in for his appointments at Roger Maris. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Hopefully you can now rest and hurt no longer. I know you must have been a pretty fantastic person. I always saw how much Angie and Matt loved and talked about you!! They were very proud of you and your courage!

  15. Monticello ARMonica and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lee was such a good neighbor and friend. We will miss him. You are in my prayers.


  16. Arizona City ArizonaOur thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lee was one of the best men we ever knew. We will miss him so much.

  17. Grand Forks ND
    My cousin, my Friend, for these many Years. Love you and will support you in any way I can. Sorry for the loss you and your family have had to endure. Will keep you and Yours in my prayers.

  18. Fargo ND
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lee will truly be missed by so many.

    May memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  19. Mapleton ND
    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. Just remember to take deep breaths and one step at a time….

  20. Bettendorf IAUncle Lee was a amazing man.A great family man and uncle you will be missed dearly.GOD received a angle today.You will be missed rest in piece.And dont you and uncle Rod drive grandma nuts.Love you always.Your niece Trish Poell (Byars)

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