Roy Byard age 91 of Quapaw, Oklahoma, passed away September 6, 2011 at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He was born on September 17, 1919 in Quapaw, Oklahoma the son of John Henry & Agnes ( Bowser) Byard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean and 2 sisters, Georgia Lee and Ruth Christy.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Gilmore his granddaughter, Judy Mace, 2 nephews, Chuck Christy and Bobby Franklin and his wife, Starr, and a niece Loyceta Maslen and her husband, Curtis. Also surviving is his close friend and caretaker, Diane Burnshire and 2 great grand children, Elijah and Alexa and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Roy Byard will be 2:00 PM, Friday, September 9, 2011 at the First Methodist Church of Quapaw, Quapaw, Oklahoma with Rev. Furan Jackson, officiating. Interment will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery, Baxter Springs, Kansas. Masonic Rites will also be held at the church. Pallbearers will be Charlie Foran, Shawn Essex, Zachary Essex, Stan Humble, Zachary Watson and Ken Whitaker. No visitation. Online condolences may be made at