Jack Blake Byers
Sunday, May 8,2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home
Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 3:15 PM
Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home
Jack Blake Byers passed away peacefully on May 3, 2022 at the age of 89 in Hagerstown, Maryland. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, B. Marie Byers, his three children, Duane M. Byers of The Plains, Virginia, Susan M. Sowell of Alexandria, Tennessee, and Stephen M. Byers of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and five grandchildren.
Jack was born on June 16, 1932 to Pauline Miller Byers and Roy Oliver Byers in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he was raised and attended Eichelberger High School, graduating in 1950. After graduating from high school, Jack moved to Hagerstown where he began his profession as a homebuilder, continually learning efficient productivity and ultimately becoming the President of Home Construction Corporation, from which he retired in 1997. More than 1,700 homes in and around Hagerstown were designed by Jack and built by Home Construction. Jack was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and proudly served in the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
An active member of his community, Jack was a member of the Hagerstown Lions Club for over 50 years, served as its president and newsletter editor, and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Lions Club International Foundation on multiple occasions. Jack also served as the President of Alexander House, Inc., Vice President of the Hagerstown Goodwill, President of the local Homebuilders Association, on the Board of local bank Atlantic Federal, and as a member of the Washington County Planning Commission and Hagerstown Planning Commission, among other volunteer positions. Jack also contributed generously to numerous local charities, including Doey’s House, where he was receiving oxygen support.
Jack was a longstanding member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he met and later married his wife Marie two days after his 23rd birthday, on June 18, 1955, and where he served on the Church Council, including as its president. He was a stalwart member of the church’s senior choir for more than 63 years, and designed the church’s Prince of Peace chapel and exterior cross gardens. He was also an associate member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he served in various capacities including the role of Sunday school teacher.
Jack was an avid tennis player, and he enjoyed sailing, gardening, music and traveling to numerous domestic and international destinations with his wife Marie and their friends. He was beloved by many, and known for his honesty, generosity, and quick wit - no one loved a good joke more, or laughed louder when hearing or telling one.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Sunday, May 8, 2022, with visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. followed by a service officiated by Rev. Linda Alessandri and Rev. David Kaplan. Following the service, a small gathering for close friends and family will be held at Jack and Marie’s home.
In lieu of flowers, Jack’s family suggests donating to charitable projects of the Hagerstown Lions Club, Haven Lutheran Church, Doey’s House, or any charity of your choice.
Private interment will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
Dear Marie and family, Mike and I are sending our heartfelt prayers to you. You two made an amazing couple and with such ease and grace. He will be missed dearly by so many. God bless Ranelle and Mike Flurie
Ranelle Weeks Flurie
Hagerstown , MD
It was an honor to grow up at St. John’s with folks like Jack and Marie. Life long members who really made the church feel like home, because you could count on the same familiar yet friendly faces. Sending prayers of healing and lots of love to Byers and St. John’s family through this difficult time.
New Bern, North Carolina
Dear Marie, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and Jack were such a devoted couple. He will be missed by so many, but mostly by you. I am hoping you find peace in knowing that you will see him again when you join him in Heaven. Linda Fields
Linda Marie Fields
Sandra H. Wiebel
May God Bless Jack and his family.
Dear Marie and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. The Hipp Family sends our Sincere Condolences. Ed & I were fortunate enough to have Mr. Byers build our first and only home 49 years ago and we still love it! I"ll always remember my brother Chuck playing in the "little woods" with "Duaneski" when we were neighbors and how happy you all were when Susie joined your lovely family. Thank you for being such loyal friends to both Mother and Dad and our family over the years and again we are so sorry for your loss, Sandy & Ed Hipp Wiebel
Sandy & Ed Wiebel
In recent years Jack's humor gave levity to what seemed like dreary and dark times. I am grateful for that. Many years earlier my father played tennis with the seniors and Jack was a younger member of that group. What an accomplished and thoughtful person!
Dearest Marie and family — Duane, Susan, Steve, wives, husband, grandchildren, Please accept my heartfelt and sincere condolences on the recent loss of your beloved husband Jack, father, grandfather. God is good every day and He is always in the driver’s seat. His plan for us the living, the ones left behind, is that we love one another. Be there for one another. Share laughter and hope and joy with one another. And that we never forget our origins or to be kind. Kindness matters every day!! Marie, Jack will save you a place by his side in heaven where you will both continue your journey into eternity. Peace and love, Lois ❤️
Lois Weil Kaufman
Hagerstown , MD
Prayers and Thoughts of a good friend and fellow Lion. May your family have the blessing of the Lord in these sorrowful time.
Lion Jack was always willing to lead others. He served as Vice President of the Massey H Roe Scholarship Fund of the Hagerstown Lions Club for many years. I will miss his example and guidance.
Gerald & Sharyn House
Hagerstown , Maryland
Jack was a great friend! Had the best laugh of anyone I ever knew! Jack cared deeply, loved unconditionally, appreciated good works. He was kind, practiced and demanded honesty, went the extra mile for worthwhile endeavors. He was an asset to all that which he undertook and is already sorely missed. He always kept our senior choir in stitches, manifested exemplary leadership skills which were put to the task at hand, and was never fully appreciated. God bless you Jack Byers — and thank you for serving your country at Normandy — and for many jobs well done! LWK
Lois Weil Kaufman
Hagerstown , MD
Great father, husband, and citizen. Kim and I will miss him.
Deepest condolences and prayers to the Byers family.
It was a great pleasure having Mr. Jack Byers as President of the Board of Directors of Alexander House where I worked for 30 years. He was the most dedicated, caring individual I think I have ever had the pleasure of working for and knowing. Deepest and sincere sympathies to his family.
It was a distinct pleasure to have known Jack in several of his many capacities over the years. In all of his endeavors, whether as a home builder, Planning Commission member, or as a dedicated church counsel member, Jack was a patient, respectful, and dedicated individual and public servant. Our sympathies go out to Marie, to his children, and to his extended family. Ken Grove
E Kenneth Grove Jr
Jack was a treasured neighbor for over 30 years. He was a great man who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
My deepest condolences to you, Mrs. Byers and your family.
Becky (Dornbusch) Bittle
District Governor Lion Charles Croft and all the Lions from District 22W, offer our sincere condolences. “Lions serve” is more than a motto; it is a legacy that Lion Jack emulated.