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Stephen Franklin Byus
  • In Lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be given to a fund that has been set up in Reynoldburg to help with the future education of his children, Alexandrea and Jacob
  • C/O Valerie Byus
    8423 Rodebaugh Road
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

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“Still missing you big guy. Carrying on for you at DLA. Watching over the family from afar. ”
1 of 88 | Posted by: Angie Des Jardins - Havelock, NC

“Dear Byus family,I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Stephen will...Read More »
2 of 88 | Posted by: S MacDaniel

“So sorry for your loss and thank you for your service ”
3 of 88 | Posted by: Shawn matthew yates - Vinton

“Very sorry for your loss. Our family is greatful for his service for our country. ”
4 of 88 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. May God be with each, and every one of You .Thank You Steve, for doing your part in making this world a better place. R.I.P ”
5 of 88 | Posted by: crystal - ray, OH

“To the Byus Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one Stephen. May he rest in peace. May God comfort you during this...Read More »
6 of 88 | Posted by: S. Kronenwetter - PA

“I don't know none of you but sorry for your loss and May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength ,I have followed your page on facebook....Read More »
7 of 88 | Posted by: darlene strong - wellston, OH

“Thank you for your service ,,you are our hero! ”
8 of 88 | Posted by: Teresa - Thornville, OH

“I met Steve when I was in Kuwait, and he was coming through on his way home, I believe. I later worked with him on his drill weekends, and when he...Read More »
9 of 88 | Posted by: Lou Ann Desmarais - Huber Heights, OH

“God Bless your family and give them Peace with your passing. We thank you for your service to our Country. Fair Winds and Following Seas. ”
10 of 88 | Posted by: Charles Arnold Mask Jr. and Barbara Mask - MS

“Rest In Peace Shipmate. Sincere condolences to Stephen's family. ”
11 of 88 | Posted by: Cordoro - VA

“Thank you for your service and sacrafice. A True Hero has been lost. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. ”
12 of 88 | Posted by: Judy - OH

“My deepest and sincere condolences to LT Byus's family. His service and sacrifice for our country is appreciated. I am so very sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 88 | Posted by: Charles Keel - Batesville, MS

“Words cannot express my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I have worked with Steve in the past and I know he will be deeply missed by...Read More »
14 of 88 | Posted by: Mike Sullo - Columbus, OH

“BRAVO ZULU Sir, Thank you for your services. May you be resting in Paradise. My condolences to the Byus family. ”
15 of 88 | Posted by: Gina L Williams - Tallahassee, FL

“I did not know your son, but i wanted you to know that he is a true hero! I am a veteran and understand the ultimate sacrifice he gave. May you...Read More »
16 of 88 | Posted by: Ronda

“God bless you Sir! You are a true American hero! ”
17 of 88 | Posted by: Dawn Franze - Oviedo, FL

“Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. RIP sailor, We have the watch... ”
18 of 88 | Posted by: Lee Browndorf - Benton Harbor, MI

“May god be with your family friends and loved ones. Such a shock. We feel priviledged to have know you Steve. I know your up there watching down...Read More »
19 of 88 | Posted by: Peggy and Jeff Laird - Columbus, OH

“Rest in Peace my brother in arms. Prayers with the family of this brave sailor. ”
20 of 88 | Posted by: Gerry Greene, RM2 (USN Ret) USS John F. Kennedy - VA

“Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. ”
21 of 88 | Posted by: Michaelene - TN

“Go in peace shipmate. ”
22 of 88 | Posted by: Charles R. Herbster - Powell, TN

“God Bless Stephen, God Bless Stephens family and watch over them as they struggle with this loss. May peace be with you all in this terrible time....Read More »
23 of 88 | Posted by: Jim VanDeVen - Malverne, NY

“Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate. ”
24 of 88 | Posted by: Donny Cooks - Suffolk, VA

“Rest in Peace Ship mate. ”
25 of 88 | Posted by: Tammy Tobin - Quincy, MA

“Fair winds and following seas shipmate... Our prayers are with you in this time of loss. ”
26 of 88 | Posted by: Kristin Buchanan - Port Orange, FL

“Rest in peace Sailor, thank you for your service I will remember your family in my prayers for comfort peace and strength. ”
27 of 88 | Posted by: Noel Cline - Cleveland, OH

“Fair Winds and following seas, Shipmate. ”
28 of 88 | Posted by: judi - psl, FL

“Shipmate, though I didn't get to know you in person, we shared a brotherhood, that of serving our Nation. Thank you for volunteering to do something...Read More »
29 of 88 | Posted by: Jean-Daniel Valery - VA

“Rest in Peace Sailor. You are the reason we have our freedoms! May God bless you and be with your family at this time. ”
30 of 88 | Posted by: Nicole Shavers - Gulfport, MS

“Brother in arms ”
31 of 88 | Posted by: jose g tross - lansing, MI

“I knew Steve from having had the pleasure of taking him fishing in 2013 on Lake Erie. I enjoyed his company thoroughly and could tell right away he...Read More »
32 of 88 | Posted by: Will Wonders - Thompson, OH

“I'm so sorry of the loss of this great man and shipmate. He has given to last measure that can be given in this life. The loss to his family is even...Read More »
33 of 88 | Posted by: ADCS Bobby L. Newsome EAWS NAC USN ret - MD

“I had the pleasure of working with Steve at DLA. He was a top notch guy, a coworker you could count on, and a dependable fellow leader in my...Read More »
34 of 88 | Posted by: Angela Fugate and family - OH

“My brother You fought the good fight. I will never forget your sacrifice. Even though I never knew you we are brothers in arms you laid your life...Read More »
35 of 88 | Posted by: SPC. NICK L CAIN US ARMY VETERAN - OH

“I just want to say a prayer for the Byus Family. It's hard to find peace and comfort when you lose a loved one. I pray that God will give the...Read More »
36 of 88 | Posted by: Ci Ci - Golden Vallen, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve, his family, and his friends - from the members of the General Mills Hannibal, Missouri Plant Veterans...Read More »
37 of 88 | Posted by: General Mills Hannibal Plant Veterans Network - MO

“I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Stephen or his family but I served 2 tours in Iraq and I know their loss all too well. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
38 of 88 | Posted by: jason hutt - blacklick, OH

“We will light up the night sky so the kids can see where you are and you can look down upon them. ”
39 of 88 | Posted by: Angie Remy - Gahanna, OH

“Steve, Thank you for being a GREAT friend. I am proud to call you that. You are a great husband, father, dad and representative of the Navy and...Read More »
40 of 88 | Posted by: Brent M. Layton - Vienna, WV

“I just want to say that we were blessed to be able to know Steve. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time....Read More »
41 of 88 | Posted by: Ben & Ann Kim - Gahanna, OH

“Valerie I am so sorry for your loss ,You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers always ”
42 of 88 | Posted by: Elaine - Wellston, OH

“Praying the lord wraps his arms around you during this time and as you move forward. ”
43 of 88 | Posted by: Danielle Wissner - Elizabeth city, NC

“Sending my heartfelt love to this family in their time of need! I am honored to have went to school with Steve and to have known him as a friend! May...Read More »
44 of 88 | Posted by: Jami McGinnis - Wellston, OH

“Holding the entire family in my heart and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Steve was loved by so many! May you find honor and...Read More »
45 of 88 | Posted by: Kathy Cooper Leary - GIlbert, SC

“thank you for your service to our country rest in peace so sorry for the loss to your family may God comfort each and everyone of them ”
46 of 88 | Posted by: Cindy Taylor - McArthur, OH

“To the Byus family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Steve had a kind and gentle spirit. I've never heard him say a negative word to anyone. He was a...Read More »
47 of 88 | Posted by: Loretta Franke - Etna, OH

“I became really good friends with Valerie and Lexi at that time and I remember one night that I know Valerie wont forget. I left my bodywash in the...Read More »
48 of 88 | Posted by: bryan brumfield - grove city, OH

“Steve was an outstanding naval officer who I was proud to have served with since 2008 when I joined the navy reserves. First day in the unit Petty...Read More »
49 of 88 | Posted by: Bryan Brumfield - grove city, OH

“So sorry prayers to family thanks Stephen Byus for your dedication7 ”
50 of 88 | Posted by: Joetta Barnett - Jackson, OH

“My sincere condolences to Stephen's family . You will be in my prayers in the days to come . ”
51 of 88 | Posted by: David Humphrey

“I am so sorry for the loss of your son, brother, husband and dad, I pray God wraps his loving arms around you and you find peace in knowing Steve was...Read More »
52 of 88 | Posted by: Betty Rogers - Wellston, OH

“Although I did not know Mr. Byus, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to his family. My husband retired from the US Navy and also worked in a...Read More »
53 of 88 | Posted by: Rita Jones - Rockport, TX

“Thank you for your Service to our country. I am so very, very sorry for your family's loss. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
54 of 88 | Posted by: - columbus, OH

“My condolences to the family of this hero. Stephen sleeps with the angels tonight.Reynoldsburg ResidentVietnam/Army Veteran ”
55 of 88 | Posted by: Glenna Thom - Reynoldsburg, OH

Rio Grande Alumni Memorial Belltower “The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Alumni Association offers its heartfelt condolences to the Byus Family. ”
56 of 88 | Posted by: Rio Grande Alumni Association - OH

“This is a big loss for your family and out country. We thank you so much for his service and love of his country.The Weikert family ”
57 of 88 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Byus Family: We, the parents in Compassionate Friends send you our heartfelt condolences, we know that you are heartbroken by this terrible loss...Read More »
58 of 88 | Posted by: Mary Ann Ward - Columbus, OH

“To the Byus family: I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Daddy, son, brother... I do not know you, but am a Reynoldsburg resident, and I...Read More »
59 of 88 | Posted by: Joy Estose - Reynoldsburg, OH

“Thank you for your service to our country. May God bless, protect and comfort your family in the days ahead. ”
60 of 88 | Posted by: Amy Dickson - Columbus, OH

“My husband and I had the honor of playing on a softball team with Steve. He was such a sweet person who always had a smile on his face. He will be...Read More »
61 of 88 | Posted by: Mark and Angie Friend - Letart, WV

“A true American hero that paid the ultimate price for his courage. America thanks you for your service. ”
62 of 88 | Posted by: Mary Moore - Columbus, OH

“Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our freedom. You are a true hero!! God Bless your Family! ”
63 of 88 | Posted by: Jeff & Tammy Boyd - Columbus, OH

“Sorry for your loss.Praying for Gods comfort an peace..R.I.P. Steve thank youfor your service and sacrifice. ”
64 of 88 | Posted by: Jennifer (Pugh) Harrington - OH

“I'm so sorry for your loss, sending love and prayers to the family. He was my HERO!!!! ”
65 of 88 | Posted by: Cathy Nettles - Wellston, OH

“Im so sorry to hear this . I am sending prayers your way to hopefully help you deal with this extremely hard time. ”
66 of 88 | Posted by: renee sturgill - wellston, OH

“LTJG Byus ... the absolute best Admin. Officer and shipmate! I will always remember our drill weekends and how you made them so much more fun and...Read More »
67 of 88 | Posted by: Sherri Lawrence - OH - Shipmate

“Sorry about Your Loss in your family Love and prayers are sent to you all. ”
68 of 88 | Posted by: Vicki james Coy - Pomeroy, OH

“I had the pleasure of being in the same unit as Byus for many years. I remember going through all dirty tri walls at the DRMO on a lovely drill...Read More »
69 of 88 | Posted by: Megan Tobin - Cleveland, Ohio, OH

“So sorry for your loss ,I am praying for you. And your. Kids also his parents god bless all of you ”
70 of 88 | Posted by: Clara. Castle - Dublin, OH

“Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on your tragic loss. He has given the ultimate sacrifice for his country. May the Lord comfort your...Read More »
71 of 88 | Posted by: The Mineer Family - Jackson, OH

“Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. ”
72 of 88 | Posted by: Viet Nam Veteran

“The loss of a loved one is the only misfortune in life for which there is no compensation. Sorry for the loss of Husband,Father,Son,Brother and all...Read More »
73 of 88 | Posted by: Lora Tribby - Wellston, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. He is a true American hero. ”
74 of 88 | Posted by: Cathy Denney and family - Jackson, OH

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
75 of 88 | Posted by: Ed and Rita - Jackson, OH - Vet

“So very and prayers ”
76 of 88 | Posted by: Jim and Susan - Wellston, OH

“Thoughts and prayers for Steve's family a truly good guy you will be missed ”
77 of 88 | Posted by: Johnny Poe - Wellston, OH

“Steve was such a wonderful person. So many prayers going up for Valerie and their children. ”
78 of 88 | Posted by: April Carter Dingus - Piketon, OH

“Thank You Steve for being the kind gentle person with the forever Smile, that You have always been. Thank you for giving your everything to protect...Read More »
79 of 88 | Posted by: Peg ( Bell) Barber

“RIP Steven Byus you gave your life for our freedom. Thank you for your service. ”
80 of 88 | Posted by: Joan Hoffman - Middlepoet, OH

“So Sorry for your loss ”
81 of 88 | Posted by: Romona Henry - wellston, OH

“I can remember riding the bus, in Jr High, with Steve and his brother Matt. I lived 2 houses down on Hiram West Red. Steve was funny and a great...Read More »
82 of 88 | Posted by: chantel Holsinger (Israel) - OH

“Memories ”
83 of 88 | Posted by: chantel Holsinger (Israel) - OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
84 of 88 | Posted by: Valleri Crabtree - Kissimmee, FL

“God bless you for your service and sacrifice. Praying for strength for your loved ones. ”
85 of 88 | Posted by: Peggy Blackford - Wellston, OH

“Steve was always quick to pitch in and help whenever needed. Of the ten years we served together in the Navy, I can truly say, he made a huge impact...Read More »
86 of 88 | Posted by: Virgil Chapman - Fort Meade, MD

“Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and...Read More »
87 of 88 | Posted by: Lynne Neibert - Mehanicsburg, PA

“I extend my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Stephen Byus in Afghanistan. I am the Ohio Coordinator for Home of the Brave. It is a National Quilt...Read More »
88 of 88 | Posted by: Janet Alderman - Elyria, OH

Stephen Franklin Byus, age 39, of Reynoldsburg, and a former resident of Wellston, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan from injuries received from a suicide bomber attack near his location. Steve had volunteered to assist the Afghan National Army in improving its logistics capabilities. He was employed by the Defense Logistics Agency and had been deployed from DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio.

Steve was born February 14, 1975 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Randall W. Byus and Suzanna Price Byus. He was a graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School and then went on to attend and graduate from Wellston High School in 1993. While in high school, Steve enjoyed playing sports and being a friend to everyone. He graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.

Steve was a member of the United States Navy Reserves and was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East at the time of his death. He was a loving husband and wonderful father, son, brother and friend, who loved spending time and playing with his children. Steve was very active with the Taylor Road Elementary Watchdog Program in Reynoldsburg and he was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan.

Steve is survived by his wife of 12 years, Valerie Fouty Byus, who he married on September 15, 2002; 2 children, Alexandrea Nicole, age 9 and Jacob Aaron, age 6; parents, Randall W. Byus (Bonnie) of Wellston and Suzanna Price Byus of Coalton; brothers, Matthew Byus (Samantha) of Cambridge, Vermont and Daniel and Randall J. Byus, both of Coalton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifton and Donna Fouty of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Angie Remy (Larry DesJardins) of Gahanna and Vickie Fouty of Vinton; brother-in-law, David Fouty (Peggy) of Columbia, SC, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry R. Byus, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Jacobs Byus and Harry N. Price, Helen J. Yates Pierce and Leo F. Pierce, and his brother-in-law, Cliff Fouty.

A private family gathering will be held at the McWilliams Funeral in Wellston at the family's convenience. Public visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 8 P.M. at the Wellston High School. Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 P.M. at the Wellston High School with John Pelletier, CLP officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson with military honors by the Navy Operational Support Center Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be given to a fund that has been set up in Reynoldsburg to help with the future education of his children, Alexandrea and Jacob, C/O Valerie Byus, 8423 Rodebaugh Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.