Dec. 20, 1947 – Nov. 18, 2021
Michael Gerard Byrnes passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 in Fishers, Ind., while walking his beloved German Shepherd, Buddy, who he recently had adopted when he suffered a heart attack at the age of 73.
He was born in Rochester, N.Y. on Dec. 20, 1947 to Dorothy Gloria and Norman Louis Byrnes.
Mr. Byrnes grew up in upstate N.Y. and was raised in the Catholic faith. He graduated from Augustinian Academy in Carthage, N.Y. in 1966 where he was a member of the marching band, earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
Mr. Byrnes enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1967 and served for more than 10 years. He served in the Vietnam War, was in ROTC while attending Purdue University, and retired as First Lieutenant. Mr. Byrnes graduated from Purdue University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. After graduation he went on to work for AC Sparkplugs, a division of General Motors in Flint, Mich. where he started as a supervisor and worked for over 25 years, retiring as a Superintendent of Skilled Trades at Delphi Automotive in Anderson, Ind. He also continued his military service during this time, serving in the National Guard until he retired as a Major, with over 20 years of military service. In retirement, Mr. Byrnes worked part time as a realtor with FC Tucker and a substitute teacher in Noblesville Public Schools.
Mr. Byrnes was first married while serving overseas in Scotland and had his first child, Alison Bower Brady. He went on to marry Debra A. Byrnes, who he was married to for over 39 years raising two daughters, Shannon Michele Byrnes and Kerrie Erin Byrnes in Flushing, Mich. Those who knew Mr. Byrnes knew of his die-hard affinity for his Irish heritage and his alma mater, his cherished, Purdue Boilermakers. He loved attending Purdue football and basketball games as well has faithfully supported the John Purdue Club for many years. He was a true American Patriot, an avid reader, loved history, going for walks, watching his grandchildren play sports and showed those he loved his affection with his generosity. Mr. Byrnes was also an active member of Cyntheanne Christian Church.
Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Alison and Mike Bowers of Dundee, Scotland, Shannon and Mark Weaver of Westfield, Ind. and Kerrie and Chris Siegl of Fishers, Ind.; and his grandchildren, Brady MacPhail, Whitney and Welles Weaver and Kaylie and Colin Siegl.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorothy G. and Norman L. Byrnes.
A Memorial Service are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Cyntheanne Christian Church, 13151 Cyntheanne Rd. in Fishers, Ind. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.
He will be laid to rest with his parents at the Black River Cemetery, Black River, N.Y., at later date in the spring of 2022.
Please consider making a donation in his memory/honor to the John Purdue Club (https://connect.purdue.edu).
Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.