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William Justin Byler

William Justin Byler

Male 1982 - 2005  (23 years)

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  • Name William Justin Byler 
    Born 13 Feb 1982  Tom Green County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Date/location of birth are from Texas Birth Index; Obituary states he was born in Ballinger, which is in Runnels County
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 2000 
    High School Graduation 
    Military Aug 2002 
    U.S. Army Enlistment; SPC; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Operation Iraqi Freedom 
    Religion Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rowena, Texas 
    Social Security Data Indexed as William J. Byler; 13 Feb 1982; 31 Oct 205; Issued Texas (1987) 
    Social Security Data William J. Byler; 13 Feb 1982; 31 Oct 2005; Issued Texas (1987) 
    Died 31 Oct 2005  Bagdad, Iraq Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • Date is from:
      Social Security Death Index
      U.S. Casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts, Oct 2001 - March 2009
      U.S. Veterans Gravesites
      Unites State Obituary Collection

      William Justin Byler was killed in action: Operation Iraqi Freedom: William Justin Byler; Rank: Specialist: Army; Pay Grade: E04; Occupation Code: 118; Infantryman; Unit: A COMPANY, 2D BATTALION, 502D INFANTRY (TF BAGHDAD), FORT CAMPBELL, KY; 31 Oct 2005; Iraq; Baghdad, Iraq; Hostile; age 23 born abt 1982; Male; White; Hometown: Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas.
    • OBITUARY - Published San Angelo Standard Times on Nov. 6, 2005:
      BALLINGER - Spc. William Justin Byler, 23, of Ballinger died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in the line of duty while serving his country in Iraq.
      Justin was born on Feb. 13, 1982, in Ballinger, Texas, to Will and Karen Jansa Byler. He graduated from Ballinger High School in 2000 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 2002. He was last stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Justin enjoyed hunting and fishing and hanging with his buddies. He enjoyed life and loved his God, his family, his country and his friends very much. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, W.J. and Wanda Byler; and an uncle, Hamp Byler. Justin is survived by his parents, Will and Karen of Ballinger; his favorite sister, Lindsey; brothers Russell and Ryan; cousins Kasey, Jett and Kennedy; his maternal grandparents, Paul and Ethel Jansa of Rowena; and his aunts and uncles, Diane and Roy Fuchs and children Tiffany, Brittany and Danielle, Connie and Kerry Glass and children Heather, Shawn and Nathan, Steve and Theresa Jansa and children Slade and Kalli, Mitchell and Lynett Jansa and children Chasity and Leslie, Deborah and Clay Earnshaw and children Jeffery and Wesley, Mary and Wayne Vaughn and children Zachary and Hannah, Paula and Jerry Don Vinson and children Shelby, Tori and Colton, Wagner and Tara Byler and children Michelle, Misty, Jarret, Ashley and Hunter. Numerous great-aunts and uncles and cousins and a host of friends also survive. A wake service for Justin will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at St. Joseph Church. The principle concelebrants will be the Most Rev. Michael Peifer, O.M.I., Bishop of the San Angelo Dioceses, and the Most Rev. Leroy Matthiesen, Emeritus, retired bishop of the Amarillo Dioceses. Other concelebrants will be the Rev. Hugh Wade, the Rev. Bhasker Morugudi and a host of others. Military graveside service will follow in the Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger. Pallbearers will be Tyler Book, Jared Wheeless, Branden Halfmann, Justin Pullin, Jim Harrel, Jeffery Earnshaw, Aaron King, Alan King, Shawn Glass, Nathan Glass, Jarret Byler, Slade Jansa, Robbie Cook and Cody Cook.

      Welcome Home
      Each of us is given
      Precious time to spend on earth,
      But we know the journey leads us
      To a home of greater worth.
      Sometimes the Father takes us
      Down a path not of our choice,
      But when it leads to heaven,
      How our hearts and souls rejoice!
      And earthly cares all vanish
      When at last we hear God say,
      Welcome home, My precious child,
      I led you all the way.
    Buried 9 Nov 2005  Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Old Runnels Cemetery

      Note: William Justin Byler also has a memorial at the "Warrior's Walk Memorial" in Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia. Note on Find-a-Grave: These are memorials not burials. The evidence of their bravery and sacrifice lies in what's known as Warriors' Walk at Fort Stewart is a long path of Eastern red bud trees. Each tree represents a soldier from the 3rd Infantry Division who has died since 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq. Please note: The listings are memorial cenotaphs only. Actual burials are elsewhere.
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    Memorial Headstone at Warrior's Walk in Georgia
    Person ID P2296  Curbow Montoya Family | Ham Family Branch
    Last Modified 6 May 2012 

    Father W.M. Byler 
    Mother K.A. Jansa 
    Family ID F444  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1982 - Tom Green County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Oct 2005 - Bagdad, Iraq Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 Nov 2005 - Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
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    Article published San Angelo Standard-Times on 2/25/11: Runnels County highway named for Justin Byler

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  • Sources 
    1. [S2628438837] Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997,, (Original data - Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.Original data: Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Depa).
      William Justin Byler; 13 Feb 1982; Male; Tom Green; Father: William Mark Byler; Mother: Karen Ann Jansa; Roll No. 1982_0003

    2. [S2624729542] Social Security Death Index, (Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security), Source Citation: ; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: 1987.

    3. [S4273286767] U.S. Casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts, Oct 2001 - Mar 2009 .
      William Justin Byler; Specialist; Army; E04; Infantryman; A Company; 2nd Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 31 Oct 2005; Iraq/Baghdad; hostile; age 23 born abt 1982; male, white; Ballinger, Runnels, Texas; Operation Iraqi Freedom

    4. [S2626939235] U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, National Cemetery Administration, (National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator.Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator).
      W. Justin Byler; SPC US Army; 13 Feb 1982; 31 Oct 2005; Old Runnels Cemetery; Ballinger, Texas 76821

    5. [S2643429799] United States Obituary Collection, (Original data - See newspaper information provided with each entry.).
      William Justin Byler, age 23; Died 31 Oct 2005; published 8 Nov. 2005 in the San Angelo Standard-Times; Born 13 Feb 1982