Byron William House


Byron William House

June 6, 1963 – March 12, 2018


Byron House passed away on Monday after a long bout with illness and pain. He was surrounded by love from family and friends at his side. He fought hard, in typical Byron fashion, but after 42 days in the hospital, his only wish was to go home, spend time with his wife, Lisa, pet his dogs, and eat ice cream. In life, Byron loved decorating for Christmas, working hard, starting things on fire and/or blowing them up, building really anything, and doing absolutely absurd things. He was willing to share a story and his common-sense wit with others (usually with a s*#@-eating grin on his face). He was strongest person that many of us have ever known. Our hearts will remain full with the love and laughter that Byron shared with us all. Byron never wanted a funeral. Instead, according to his wishes, a party will be held in his honor. Arrangements for the party have been made so that all can celebrate his life. The party is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th. Please contact one of Byron’s family members for full details.

Memorials can be sent in Byron’s name to CAMP MITIOG c/o of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


23 Condolences

  1. Cheryl Rains on March 14, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Loved by soooo many!!! May you sing with the Angels and cause mischeif up there with all. Look down upon your family and friends and guide them straight.

  2. Shawn Rotolo-Utz on March 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Praying for peace and comfort for all of Byron’s family and friends. He will be missed by so many.

  3. Bill Botten on March 15, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Byron my brother you will be greatly missed. I will smile each time I think of you and all the great times we shared.

  4. Val Klindt Green on March 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Byron made the world a better place. We are blessed to have had him in our lives. He is a wonderful memory from our days at LeMay Elementary. Just a wonderful guy. Rest in peace.

    Rod, Val, Karli and Katie Green

  5. Desirae Vallier on March 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Lisa, my heart is with you during this tough time and for always. I didn’t know Byron well, but know he was a pretty stellar guy to land such a beautiful and bright light like you. I’m here for you and am sending prayers and loads of love your way. Love you, Des

  6. Gary & Mary Libeer on March 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Our heart goes out to Lisa and all Byrons friends who will miss for many years to come. The nicest we can leave others is a good memory of great times shared by those we have loved. Byron was such a person. His care for others and the caring he showed to everyone will not be forgotten. Byron was an amazing guy. The things he did despite the obstacles he faced spoke volumes. His sense of humor was unforgettable as well. Rest your soul – Byron.

  7. Diana Fann on March 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Byron was the most fearless person I have ever known.

  8. Teresa Reese on March 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    What a great guy who didn’t let anything hold him back….may we learn from him!

    Your cousin

  9. Mikey on March 15, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Uncle B. I’m going to miss our sideline conversations. Keep out of trouble.

  10. Warren Hicks on March 15, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Growing up ….friend,As adults….HERO,ALWAYS MY BROTHER,I have no words,or phrases that can express the sadness and loss I feel,But to know you are pain free fills my heart.Your work here on earth is done my brother,THANK YOU for making my life better with your love and unquestionable friendship.

  11. Ashlee Michaels on March 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    To someone who touched my life and the life of my mother, Tracie Michaels, so very much. You are a true spirit. You were a great human being and I will cherish the love you have shown my mom, my sister and I. May you live a happy after life in peace and laughter. Because that is how I will always remember you.

  12. Kip on March 15, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Haha, the party idea is so typical, wow well played buddy. Peace to you brother

  13. Ray Petty on March 16, 2018 at 5:40 am

    YO, Byron — I don’t think I ever was around you when it wasn’t FUN! Although I didn’t know you as well as Botten or Nowatzke, I was always ready to join in and enjoy life the way you enjoyed it. That’s how I will remember you always, with a smile!

  14. Pam Cody on March 16, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Lisa, my heart aches for u! Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Byron, I can tell that u two just “fit” together! I know how hard it is to lose a spouse, so I am here if u need an ear, shoulder, or whatever! Love u girl and will pray for comfort and peace as u go through this difficult time. It doesn’t get any easier, but it does get tolerable!

  15. Melissa Soulliere on March 16, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Lisa, I am deeply saddened to hear the loss of your husband. May you find comfort in the memories you both created and may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

  16. Carole Hoover on March 16, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Dave. He sounds like a wonderful, fun brother and will be greatly missed.
    Thinking of you, Carole and Jim Hoover

  17. Angela Hadl 3w on March 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    This really saddens my heart I enjoyed his smile and working with him he will truly be missed RIP my friend prayers to his wife and the family .

  18. Toni Burleson on March 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Lisa, I’m very sorry for your loss. I worked with Byron for five years at Lemay. He was always full of laughter and joy. He was a wonderful role model to me. He touched so many lives in such a remarkable way. I was torn apart to hear the news. One of my good memories of him is he would always race me to the door at work and sure would win! Byron never let his wheelchair get in the way of his happiness, you would forget he was even in a wheelchair sometimes! He was very kind and always gave me such good advice like a father figure. I’ll never forget him and I will keep praying for you and your family. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Losing someone is very hard something I have gone through too many times. Surround yourself with the good, joyful memories.

  19. Sally and Greg Jenkins on March 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Oh Byron what do we say, you were an exceptional friend, kinda crazy, fearless but had a heart of GOLD!! We shall miss you our dear friend. Greg and Sally Jenkins

  20. Your Friends at Total Respiratory and Rehab on March 19, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Lisa, We are so sorry to hear about Byron. Please know you are in our prayers.

  21. Debbie Ruggles on March 20, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I have so many pictures of Byron waterskiing, snow skiing, road racing, bowling, and sailing! He has an ear-to-ear grin in each one that makes me smile. Thanks for the memories and the inspiration!

  22. Donna Buschkoetter on March 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Lisa, so sorry to hear of your loss. I was honored to meet Byron at one of our “staff” meetings – he is such an inspiration to me. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family:)

  23. Doris Burd on March 28, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I was never privileged to meet Byron, but the words from a dear friend brought him to life for me. Grace Stean, my friend and his, shared special moments of her life as it was touched by Bryon. She expressed how he was her mentor at camp, a loyal friend over the many years, a loving family man and a defender of those who live with disabilities. Just by her words I know he was a very special man who lived his life to the fullest. I wish I had met him so I could thank him for all he did and for being such a wonderful friend to our mutual friend. Please accept my heartfelt prayers for peace and healing.

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