Thomas P. Byrne, 82, of Anamosa, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at his home.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa, where a Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa. Rev. Nick March officiated. Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello assisted the family and cared for Tom.
Thomas was born at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 15, 1936, the son of Paul Emmett and Mildred Teresa (Healy) Byrne. He attended Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids. He married Lorraine Konicek and together they had Thomas’ first four children. They later divorced. He married Gloria Weers on March 7, 1975, in Galena, Ill.
Tom was a truck driver for 36 years for LCL Transfer, retiring Sept. 1, 1994. He then went to work for Kirkwood Community College as an instructor for the truck driving program for two and a half years. Tom’s passions were training his Labrador retriever dogs for competition for which he earned many trophies, ribbons and medals. He also enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, observing wildlife and dog obedience training.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; children, Julie (Gordon) Weathers, Arvada, Colo., Steven Byrne, Anamosa, Cynthia (Charles) Dickey, Bandera, Texas, Nancy (Jeff) Andreesen, Bettendorf, and Paul (Hannah) Byrne, Monticello; a stepson, Scott (Tammy) Walton; siblings, Gerald (Teresa) Byrne, James (Kathy) Byrne, David (Karen) Byrne, all of Cedar Rapids, Francis Byrne, Pugent Sound, Wash., and Carol (Ken) Goodman, Littleton, Colo., six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and in-laws, Sharon Byrne of Cedar Rapids, and Lorance (Nancy) Weers of Anamosa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Byrne and Michael Byrne; a sister, Barbara Ann (Steven) Eckert; a granddaughter, Jayne Andreesen; stepson, Craig Walton, stepgrandson, Jason Walton; and in-laws, Jan (Reg) Shields, Margaret Ann (Louis) Siebels, Lorna (Clifford) Templeman and Vernon (Enid) Weers; and the mother of his eldest children, Lorraine.
The family would like to thank Mercy Hospital, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids for all the care given to Tom. Special thanks to Dr. Leila Kutteh, the oncology nurses and staff for all the years of medical cancer care for Tom, and to Hospice of Mercy in Hiawatha; special thanks to Khrista, his nurse and Kim, his aide.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, MercyOne-Cedar Rapids or Jones County Ducks Unlimited.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.