KISNER, Byron Walter
Byron Walter Kisner, age 92, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in his apartment at the Meridian of Temple, a retirement community in Temple, Texas.

Byron was born on January 27th, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri to Sterling Foster and Irene Kisner.

He moved to moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a child, with his parents and older sister, Marilyn, who has predeceased him.

As a young adult, Byron enlisted in the army after WW II and served as part of the U.S. occupation force in Japan, where he soaked up the culture, and caught the travel bug that would influence the rest of his life. After returning home, he married his loving wife, Ann Coffman in 1950, and graduated from the University of Minnesota shortly after their marriage.

Byron worked for IBM. He and his young family were transferred to White Plains, New York in 1963, where he was known as the, "fun dad" to the friends of his children, as he was always smiling, joking and playing around. He enjoyed running, biking, skiing and generally being active. He and Ann forged life long friendships in Minneapolis and White Plains that continued long after their final transfer to Dallas, Texas in 1980.

Lovers of friendships and travel, Byron and Ann visited many countries over the years, and were founding members of the Dallas Friendship Force, a world wide traveling group that stayed with host families, and then hosted others in return. Byron remained interested in and connected to the Friendship Force right up to his passing.

In 2014 Byron moved to the Meridian, where he met many fine people, enjoyed dances and other social activities, and was supported by a wonderful, caring staff. He also was fortunate to have the loving care of aprivate nurse aide, Ann Faulkner, for the last year, with whom he forged a very special bond, and to live near his son Peter, and daughter in law, Leigh, who helped and supported him in countless ways.

Byron is predeceased by his dear wife of 59 years, Ann, who passed away in 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra, of Ithaca New York, son Tim and his wife, Gina, of Richmond, Virginia, son Peter and his wife, Leigh, of Salado, Texas, and daughter, Beth Crowley, and her husband Dennis, of Whitman, Massachusetts. His 6 grandchildren, Corey (and husband Mike,) Justin (and wife, Jesyca,) Sarah (and husband Lukas,) Matt, Ryan and Jack have many fond memories of, "surprise events," bear hugs and family reunions planned and hosted in many exciting places by "Honey" and "Bain." Byron is also survived by great grandchildren Cillian and Lewis Byron, and was excited to know that he had agreat granddaughter on the way. Family was of utmost importance to Byron, and he made a point of asking about and keeping in touch with all.

Memorial donations may be made to Friendship Force International.