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Ray Lee Byler, Jr. Obituary


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“Happy Birthday Dad....I Love You... ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Ray Lee Byler, III - San Antonio, TX

“Happy Birthday Dad...I Miss You Papa!!! ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Ray Lee Byler, III - San Antonio, TX

“My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. May your hearts find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God cares. He sent his beloved son, Jesus...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: NORMAN - new castle, DE

“Thank everyone for such a great celebration of Ray's life Sat. Sandy and Ray III worked so hard to put it all together. Many thanks to all who spoke...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: David Byler - San Antonio, TX

“I first met Ray at Max Martinex Funeral Home where I worked at during the 1970's, Ray was a real people's person and true gentleman to hear of his...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Michael A Hernandez - San Antonio, TX

“Thank you Ray, for the privilege to know & work with you since 2002 - you are not forgotten. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Leo Vasquez - San Antonio, TX

“Ray, save me a place in heaven, I want to hear more stories. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Terry Larison - San Antonio, TX

“Ray Lee: You have been so much a valuable part of OUR lives for so many years. It is always difficult to say goodbye to an old and dear friend,...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: JIM AND EVELYN BEAUPRE & SASHA BYLER - TX

“Ray and I started at the airport at the same time.We became good friends and I will miss talking about hot rods and life in general.Ray was the type...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Mike Grant - San Antonio, TX

“Ray-Ray Always a great person and a hard, dedicated worker. You will be greatly missed. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Sonia Valdez - San Antonio, TX

“RIP, my traffic buddy. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Evelyn Corbin - San Antonio, TX

“Ray, on behalf Father O'Gorman and the parish community of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, we extend our most sincere condolences to you and...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Robert Martinez - San Antonio, TX

“Grandpa Ray, You were such an amazing man you will always be no matter how far you are from all of us. My sisters & brother miss you so much.. We...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Susie Rodriguez - San Antonio, TX

“Ray "PYRO" Byler was the enigizer bunny of Bikers. I've know Ray for about 20 years, over that time he and I became very close. We made many...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Joseph - Boerne, TX

“My most sincere condolences to the Byler family. I was the Airport Director during a portion of Ray's employment and we enjoyed a special...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Michael Kutchins - San Antonio, TX

“Rest in Peace fellow service memeber and hero. Thank you for your selfless service to our city. I will ride in your name Sir... ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Jennifer Guay - Converse, TX

“Dear Byler Family, It was a priviledge to have know Mr. Byler for over 23 years. I enjoyed working with him on services and enjoyed the times I...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Michael Hoffman - San Antonio, TX

“Rest in peace, Raymundo de la Byler, thats what some of the dispatchers used to call him at the airport. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: laura perez - san antonio, TX

“Ray held my hand when I transferred to traffic in 1973. We both rode 3-wheelers and Ray made working fun. Always upbeat and smiling and forever the...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Ron Brandin - San Antonio, TX

“Sandy, Our prayers go out to you and yours. I will miss seeing Ray ride by on his Harley. He's riding with the angels now. Ginger Roberts Randy...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Ginger Roberts - New River, AZ

“Ray and I go back to Jr. High; in recent years I would see him at the gym and we would get caught up. He was so positive; just as he was when he was...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jim Yantis - san antonio, TX

“Ray, I really don't know how you did it. You were and are an inspiration for so many of us. He sat down at the table at the Pig Stand and told us:...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Robert Anderson - san antonio, TX

“I love you Dad...I'm sure going to miss you. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Ray Lee Byler, III - San Antonio, TX


BYLER Ray L. Byler, Jr. (aka Pyro) passed away peacefully on March 26, 2012 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. His devoted wife of 28 years, Sandra (Sandy) Glover Byler was with him at his bedside. Ray was preceded in death by his loving parents Ray L. Byler, Sr. & Dorothy L. (O'Dell) Byler. Ray is survived by his son, Ray L. Byler, III & grandchildren, Evelyn, Rayna & Julia; daughter, Sasha; & brother, David; & nephews, David, Jr. & Beck; & niece, Candace. Ray will be greatly missed by his in-laws: Bettye Glover; Gay Smith (Dustin, Cameron & Carly); Jerry Alan Glover (Leony & Lynell); William Curt Glover (Linda, Joseph & Jacob) & Gwen Bridge. Ray was born August 31, 1943 in San Antonio, graduated from Highlands High School and attended San Antonio College and Texas A&M. Ray followed in his father's footsteps, a Vice Detective with the San Antonio Police Department. Ray joined the Police Department at age 19, working as a Patrolman in the Traffic Division and retired after 21 years. Following retirement, Ray pursued his interest in the automotive industry, working as a Service Advisor with both Riata & Ken Batchelor Cadillac. He returned to law enforcement as a Police Officer with the San Antonio International Airport, where he retired after 22 years. Ray co-owned a motorcycle escort business, providing police escorts for funerals, parades, celebrities, dignitaries and the Fiesta Queens & Princesses for many years. Ray also owned the Lost Tribe Corn Co., working many events locally, as well as out of town and out of state. Ray was a member of the Arthur Peeler Breakfast Club, the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, the Gear Grinders Car Club, the Good Guys Rod & Custom Association and the Patriot Guard Riders. He was a prior member of the Alamo Classic Chevrolet Club, Alamo Chapter of the Hog Group, Harp & Shamrock Society, IHRA & NHRA Safety Safari (he was also a certified Technical Inspector), Racers for Christ, San Antonio Conservation Society & Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. Mrs. Byler would like to thank Dr. Glen Halff & Lori Jackson of University Hospital; Dr. Alison Garner, Becky Stephens & Terry Shank of South Texas Oncology; Dr. Anthony Tolcher, Dr. Drew Rasco, Suzanne Burke & the staff of the START Center. Special Thanks to nurses, Barbara & Cassey of Vitas Hospice for their care of Ray in his final hours. She also wishes to express her gratitude to the Employees & Police Officers of the San Antonio International Airport. Mrs. Byler also wishes to extend her thanks to her neighbors on Dreamland & to the many friends who have offered their support, lent an ear or a shoulder to lean on over the past several years. Ray will be missed dearly, but will not be forgotten. A celebration of Ray's life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:00pm at Mission Park North Funeral Chapel. In the true spirit of Ray, guests are requested to wear auto, Harley-Davidson or Hawaiian shirts in lieu of ties & suits. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section. MISSION PARK NORTH 3401 CHERRY RIDGE SAN ANTONIO TX 78230 (210) 349-1414

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