Mahlon C. Byler
HARRISBURG, PA – Mahlon C. Byler, 90, of Harrisburg, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.
He was born into an Amish family on Aug. 3, 1931, in Middlefield. He was one of 13 children born to the late Crist E. and Sarah B. (nee Shrock) Byler.
Mahlon was raised in the Amish faith and culture, but left that community when he was 18 years old. He joined the U.S. Air Force and, in less than three years, became a jet fighter mechanic crew chief. The location of the base at which he was stationed, K13, was a military secret during his wartime service.
Upon returning home and marrying, he worked for many years as an automobile mechanic and then for Ryan Homes, where he became a shop foreman.
He loved Jesus and nature. Enjoyable pursuits included fishing, hunting and traveling.
Mahlon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Tressa L. (nee Talcott) Byler. Other surviving loved ones include Tony Byler, husband of Debra Byler, of Harrisburg, Pa.; Allen Byler, of Mentor; Debbie Coulter, wife of Lee Coulter, of Newbury Township; Nick Altstatt, husband of Linda Altstatt, of Mount Vernon, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Buse Funeral Home, 145 North Grant St., Palmyra, Pa., preceded by a visitation from 12:30 p.m.
Private interment, with military honors, will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
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