|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1924|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1995|
Sigurdur Kristin "Sam" Byron II
Sam K. Byron was born August 21, 1924 on the faimly farm near Mountain, North Dakota, the secod so of Helga and Sigurdur Byron. Given his father's name, Sigurdur Kristin, he was nicknamed Sam at an early age. A childhood steeped in rich Icelandic tradition sent Sam to first grade speaking only the Icelandic language. He always thanked his first grade teacher, also an Icelander, for helping him learn English. His formal education was completed in the Mountain community.
Sam served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His Pacific tour of duty included Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands and Bouganville aboard cargo ships carrying aviation fuel or ammunition. The ship he spent the most time on was the USS Adhara. It was a cargo shipped that was dubbed a "coffin ship" because of the high rate of them being sunk during air raids.
Once discharged, Sam returned to the Hallson, North Dakota community and purchased a small farm where he raised sheep, a few cattle and horses. The spring of 1950 he began moving dirt with a cat and scraper for Joe Mayo and Sons Construction. Over the next twenty-two years he worked as a finishing man on interstate and secondary highway contracts in North Dakota and Montana. He built drainage ditches and roads running a cat for Mike Austfjord Construction Company for three years and worked two years for Tennofos Construction building highways and roads.
In December of 1967 he married Catherine Crane. After three years in Pembina County, North Dakota, the couple moved to Montana where they have lived since. Their three children are Kristine Byron of Sacramento, California; Sigurdur Kristin "Scott" Byron of Forsyth, Montana, and Palmi Jon Byron serving on the U.S.S. Nimitz. Sam dedicated his life to parenting the children he wait so long for and then took such pride in.
A people person, SAm loved a good game of cards, a cup of coffee with a friend, hunting, fishing, children, family and just being outdoors. He took great pride in a job well done.
The thirteen years before his retirement, Sam was employed by Peabody Coal at the Colstrip Big Sky Mine. While there he worked on reclamation and as an oiler on the drag line. He was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America.
When the complications of congestive heart failure forced Sam to retire, he filled his days with gardening, fishing, hunting and caring for his horses. Those days were brightened by a multitude of friends who opened their hears and shared their lives as well as the contents of their minnow buckets, their best fishing holes, prized hunting grounds, treasured recipes and gardening secrets. He delighted in sharing garden produce, canning and baking for his friends and family. He treasured the close friendships of many of the medical care givers who so generously treated and encouraged him.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine of Forsyth, Montana; two sons, Scott Byron of Forsyth, Montana and Palmi Byron of the USS Nimitz; his daughter, Kristine Byron of Sacramento, California; six sisters, Kristine Hannesson of Svold, North Dakota, Ella Moore of Mountain, North Dakota, Marlene Johnson of Cavalier, North Dakota, Helga Halldorson of Mountain, North Dakota, Marie Simundson of Hallson, North Dakota, and Steinun Berg of Park River, North Dakota; three brothers, Louie Byron of Glendive, Montana, Alfred Byron of Mountain, North Dakota, and Oscar Byron of Edinburg, North Dakota, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Gunna Johnson, and brother, Ben Byron and numerous nieces and nephews.
Should anyone desire, memorials marked as Seed Money can be sent to the Rosebud Health Care Center Foundation, Box 268, Forsyth, Montana, 59327. The RHCC Foundation will serve to insure top quality ongoing medical services at the center.
Hearts At Peace Cemetery
Created by: Catherine Byron
Record added: Sep 01, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6739365