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Joseph Dwight Byler

January 31, 1950 - April 20, 2023



Joseph Dwight Byler, 73, passed away on April 20, 2023, at his residence at Valley View Retirement Community, Belleville, PA.


Joe was born on Jan. 31, 1950, in Belleville, and lived his 73 years in the Big Valley.

Joe enjoyed many years dairy farming, taking vacations at the beach, and traveling to spend time with family and friends. Joe enjoyed home cooked meals and desserts. A family favorite was always his Byler sweet corn. He enjoyed playing board games and card games with family and friends.

In Joe’s younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. During his time in high school at Belleville Mennonite School, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and he participated in the local 4-H program. Joe also supported farmland conservation efforts.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Jesse Byler and Amanda (Yoder) Byler, an infant brother and sister, former spouse, Sharon (Strauser) Byler, grandson, Jesse Aldrin Byler, and step-granddaughter, Tiffany McKim.

Surviving are: his wife, Cheryl (Robinson) Byler, and sisters, Sara Jane Helmuth and husband, Clifford, of Oklahoma, Barb Rogers (husband Larry, deceased), of Belleville, Mary Grace Larson and husband, Duke, of Belleville, Mildred King and husband, Sanford, of Belleville, Jean Byler and partner, Bill Hardenstine, of Florida, and twin sister JoAnn Plank and husband, Robert, of McVeytown, as well as his children: Donald Byler, of McAlevy’s Fort, Ronald Byler and wife, Sheri, of Belleville, and Ryan Byler and wife, Naomi, of Greencastle, PA; his grandchildren: Megan Castle (husband Brian), Sean Byler, Isaac Byler, Shayne Byler, Amanda McKim, Bryson Hicks; and great-grandson, Andrew Castle.

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2023, at Locust Grove Mennonite Church with Pastor Ivan Yoder and Robert Plank officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Locust Grove Cemetery.

His family will receive friends and there will be a viewing from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday.

A special thank you to 365 Hospice, the staff at Valley View Retirement Community, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, and the Big Valley Ambulance Club.

For more information about Pennsylvania farmland preservation, see Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, Farmland Preservation or the non-profit, pafarmland.org.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Inc., Belleville, PA 17004. Online condolences may be offered at: www.hendersonfuneralhome.net.

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