|Alvin D. Byler, of Grove City, MN, died on Monday, September 25, 2017, at the age of
87. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a
member of Believers Fellowship Mennonite Church in Grove City, MN, and was a faithful
minister of the gospel for over fifty years. In his lifetime Alvin was a farmer, carpenter,
and a business man.
Alvin D. Byler was born on June 6, 1930, in New Wilmington, PA, the son of the late
Daniel H. and Lena J. (Byler) Byler. He was united in marriage to Anna Mary Byler of
Catlett, Virginia, on December 13, 1951. This union was blessed with 13 children. Anna
Mary passed away on September 17, 1991, after 39 years of marriage. On January 9,
1993, Alvin married Fannie (Yoder) Miller of Grove City, MN, where they resided until his
Alvin is survived by Fannie, his wife of 24 years; his children: Cora Coblentz (husband
David) of Millersburg, OH, Elsie Reese (husband Tom) of Warrenton, VA, Loretta
Beachy (husband Simon) of Itasca, TX, Leroy (wife Rhonda) of Remington, VA, Michael
(wife Wendy) of Middleburg, PA, Barbara Kauffman (husband Kenneth) of Huntsville,
AR, Lydia Hornick (husband Oliver) of Hagerstown, MD, Stephen (wife Diane) of Catlett,
VA, William (wife Dorcas) of Brevard, NC, Larry (wife Kay) of Grantsville, MD, Twila
Yoder (husband John) of Belleville, PA, and Mary Lu Swartzentruber (husband Jerry) of
Casanova, VA; 44 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren. Step children: Marvin (wife
Neva) of Grove City, MN, Lucille, of Grove City, MN, Freeman (wife Aimee) of Levelland,
TX, Frieda Chupp (husband Mark) of Eden Valley, MN, Dennis (wife Naomi) of Curtis, WI,
Daryl (wife Kay) of Paynesville, MN, Joseph (wife Regina) of Eden Valley, MN and Julia
Yutzy (husband Jason) of Grove City, MN; 38 step grandchildren; and 19 step great -
grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Ada Beachy, and many nieces and
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Lena Byler; Anna Mary--his first
wife of 39 years, a son Kenneth Allen; a grandchild Michael Irving Byler; a step
grandchild Benjamin John Miller; brothers Harvey and Henry, and sister Sylvia Beachy.
Alvin’s prayer was to cross the Jordan into Glory through peaceful shallow waters.
However, the Lord in His sovereignty took him through deep stormy waters to his eternal
reward. Alvin was faithful to the end. Glory be to God.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the building fund of
Believers Fellowship Mennonite Church, 34419 520th Ave, Grove City, MN 56243.