William “Bill” Byron

Date of Death: Aug 21, 2019
William “Bill” Byron

1935 - 2019

William “Bill” Byron, 84, died peacefully in Waupun on August 21, 2019.

Bill was born May 7, 1935 in Eveleth, MN to Clifford and Vaunda (James) Byron. Bill graduated from Eveleth High School in 1953 and went on to play football and study at the University of North Dakota. Bill graduated with a degree in art education and subsequently earned a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Bill taught art at Waupun High School from the early 1960’s until his retirement in 1992. He was known for his easy-going manner and ability to relate to students of all backgrounds. Bill coached JV football in his early years at WHS. He went on to be a formative member of the Waupun Hockey Association, and was part of the leadership team that brought indoor ice to Waupun in 1976. In addition to coaching his sons when they were younger, Bill had the patience to coach the youngest of all hockey players (the Mites) for many years. Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping in the BWCA, which was practically part of his backyard as a youngster on the Minnesota Iron Range. Bill was a skilled wildlife artist, sculptor, and potter. He enjoyed sharing his art with others. Most of all, Bill loved spending quality time with friends and family in the north woods of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to share their lives with him.

Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ida Faye (Haanpaa) Byron; his sister, Jackie Carlson of Embarrass, MN; his son, Kraig (Kathy) Byron and grandchildren: Colin and Chloe Byron of Oregon, WI; his son, Lance (Alexia) Byron of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; son-in-law, James Janke of Wausau and granddaughters: Emma (Cody) Buckli of Wausau and Lana Janke of Pensacola, Florida; and nieces and nephews: Michael (Pepper) Carlson, Laurie (Paul) Kess, Beth (Andy) Haasl, Dave (Pam) Carlson, and Tim Carlson, all originally from Embarrass, MN, and all of whom he loved like his own children.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jimmy Byron of St. Paul, MN; and his daughter, Brenda Janke of Wausau.


A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the large shelter at the Fond du Lac County Park in Waupun.

Special Thanks

The family would like to thank the volunteers and staff at SSM Hospice and the teams at Home Instead and Prairie Ridge for their compassionate care.




  1. Patty Hayes vandusen Says: August 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Sending prayers to the family. Absolutely my favorite teacher of all time. RIP Mr.B.

  2. Vicky (Zumm) De Young Says: August 22, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Mr. Byron was my wonderful art teacher in the mid 1960s when I was in high school. He was always one of my favorites. I learned so much from him. He was always so encouraging. A wonderful man….gone too soon.

  3. Ron Greene Says: August 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Ever since he started coming to our cottage on Pike Lake with Daryll Amberg, I have enjoyed his company and laughter.
    His cooking, poker playing and fishing technique are very memorable. Quite a guy and he will be missed.
    Ron Greene, Edgerton WI

  4. Cathi Fischer Says: August 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss?
    It was s privilege to be able to spend time with Bill and Ida I loved his quick wit & sense of humor he was such an interesting man to talk to and spend time with.

  5. Phil Buteyn Says: August 24, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Bill was my art teacher for four years in the early sixties. While I was far from artistic, I really enjoyed being in his class. His calm, laid-back personality always made me feel at ease in his classroom. Plus, I just plain liked the guy. I remember one year he was putting material together for his high school reunion; he had his scrap book of newpaper clippings that were all about the sports he played at Eveleth. Wow; as I paged through them I discovered what an outstanding athlete he was. Outside of that, he never bragged about all of his athletic accomplishments, so I felt kind of privileged to find that out. He will definitely be missed by anyone who knew him.

  6. Ruth Prochnow McWhorter Says: September 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Mr. Byron was one of my favorite teachers as well. Like him, canoeing in the Boundary Waters is one of my favorite activities. Sure wish I could have shared BWCA stories. What a special man and I feel so fortunate to have known him.

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