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On July 21 1951 Ray Oliver Byers and Shirley Smith had their first son Dale Oliver Byers. I am unsure as to why he was named Dale but the Oliver was from his fathers middle name and that came from his great grandfather Oliver Herrington. The hospital was located in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Dale's first Christmas in 1951 was a life changing event because his Maternal Grandfather Al Smith bought a used Lionel O27 train set that would eventually grow into 4 complete set's that would all be placed throughout his dining room and living room and creating a lifelong fascination of trains, both model and real for Dale. 1954 brought the birth of Dean Byers, An interesting side note, in 1954 Dale's mother had a fellow classmate who was also pregnant and they both went into labor about the same time, This friend had her daughter, Shirley Kathleen Broadbent, the day after Dale's brother was born. Just to make things even more strange Dale's mother shared the room at the hospital with her friend and and Shirley Kathleen Broadbent was born the day after Dale's brother Miss Broadbent will play a part in this narrative in a later section and For the first 5 years of his life he lived with his grandparents, first with his paternal grandparents In Mayfield Village then with his maternal grandparents in Lyndhurst, both in Cuyahoga County, Ohio until the fall of 1956 after the birth of Deryl Byers when they moved to a house his father built in Chardon Township, Geauga County, Ohio. The family home was surrounded by farmland and woods so he spent a great deal of time outside exploring nature. He lived in the same house until after he graduated from High School.
Dale attended Park Elementary School in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio. Dale joined Cub Scout Pack 93 in 1959 and progressed thru the ranks until he moved up to Boy Scout troop 93 in Chardon. March 30, 1962 marked the birth date of Dale's youngest brother Dwain Byers].  He attended Chardon Junior High School, also in Chardon, Geauga County , Ohio until June of 1965 when He graduated.
Dale then attended Chardon High School in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio until he graduated in June of 1969. During High School Dale discovered an interest in electronics and joined the Audio Video team to help with the AV needs of the school and worked behind the camera and sound board to record special events at the school. Dale also developed a friendship with Michael Bishop who was also in the AV club at Chardon High School and started his interest in audio recordings by helping him with sound work for local groups at school dances.. In addition to this Dale belonged to the Spanish Club and became more active in the Pilgrim Christian Church where he was an assistant Sunday School teacher and a Junior Deacon. As a side note Michael went on to become a Grammy winning (10) recording engineer while Dale drifted more toward radio interests.
Dale started working part time at Golden Dawn Foods of Ohio, located in Chardon while still in High School and in the fall of 1969 he started his studies at Kent State University, Geauga County Extension Campus where he was majoring in Elementary Education. He very quickly discovered that teaching was not a good fit for him and in the spring of 1970 he changed his major to Telecommunication. It was also during this time frame that Dale along, with his friend Michael, joined the Audio Video student staff of Kent State Geauga Campus and among other things helped set up the sound work for the very first ever Earth Day in Chardon.
In the spring of 1970 Dale started officially dating long time friend Shirley Broadbent and with the combination of work, dating, and a realization that he had a better paying job than the one he was studying for he decided to drop out of college in 1971. The learning did not end there because Dale then enrolled in the National Radio Institute's Complete Communications Course with the intention of still pursuing a career in radio. Dale and Shirley Broadbent did get married on October 27, 1973 in Chardon, Ohio and made their home in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Dale also qualified for the FCC Third Class Radiotelephone Operators Permit in 1977,but after the birth of their daughter Kristina Byers, he went to work for Swagelok, a tube fitting company based in Solon, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, as a machinist where he worked for over 25 years. While at Swagelok Dale took the Rose Training Systems CNC Skills Development course and eventually qualified to setup and run almost every machine the company had at the time including CNC machines.
In 1980 Dale and his wife had their second and last child Scott Byers and they also started a Rubber Stamp manufacturing company. In 1982 Dale returned to Kent State University to study computer programming courses and did finally receive a degree of Associate of Arts, General Studies in 1984, 15 years after starting his studies at KSU. This also marked the time that Dale finally got into computers and took over the Genealogy work that his grandmother Thelma Arnold had started many years prior using only paper and pen. In the mid 80. Dale renewed his interest in radio and joined a public service radio group known as "Lake Geauga CARES" and worked many service events providing communication and security in cooperation with the Lake county Sheriff's office. Son Scott joined Cub Scouts and naturally Dale joined as an adult leader with him and also served as a coach for Pee Wee baseball in the Burton Youth league in 1988 and 1989. When his son wanted to be in Boy Scouts and there was no local Troop Dale helped to form one and became Scoutmaster for troop 197 in Burton. Dale and his wife sold their Rubber Stamp company and moved into a house in Eastlake, Lake County, Ohio in the early 1990's to try and slow down but the stress and strain had already done too much damage and they separated and divorced shortly after the move. It was with this move Dale and Scott joined troop 185 of Willoughby, Lake County, Ohio with Dale serving as a committee member.
While Dale was living in Willoughby, Lake County, Ohio he studied for and passed the test to become a Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator, KC8LAO, on October 15, 1998. In 1998 he joined the Lake County Amateur Radio Association and in 2000 he was elected to the board of directors of that club serving as Director at large for a two year term. In 2003 Dale left Swagelok and decided to move back to Geauga County, Ohio. On September 17, 2010 Dale upgraded his amateur radio license by passing the test to become a General class operator keeping the same call sign. Dale was also active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service participating in many public service events and emergency drills from 1998 thru 2013.
Dale worked as a Machinist for several small job shops in the Geauga and Lake county areas until August of 2013 when he retired. in February of 2014 Dale and long time girlfriend, Diane Tsakiries sold the home that they were living in and decided to try and split their time between the home of Kristina Byers in North Carolina and their Camper in Ohio but soon decided that they did not like that option so in April of 2014 they moved back to Ohio and eventually bought a home in Nelson Township, Portage County, Ohio in June of 2014 but they still maintain their 40 foot 2 slide travel trailer that has 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath where they spend as much time as possible between April 15th and October 15th of each year.
In the early spring of 2016 Dale applied for and received a Vanity Call Sign of K8DOB.
This Profile was created by Dale Byers and all information in the Biography is from personal Knowledge.Byers-779 14:21, 17 October 2016 (EDT)
1. What is your full name? Explain why your parents gave you that name. `Dale Oliver Byers, I am unsure as to why I was named Dale but the Oliver was from my fathers middle name and that came from My great grandfather Oliver Herrington . Byers-779 16:12, 17 October 2016 (EDT)
2. When and where were you born? Describe your home, your neighborhood, and the town you grew up in. I was born July 21, 1951 in East Cleveland, Ohio, United States. For the first 5 years of my life we lived with my grandparents, first with my paternal grandparents then with my maternal grandparents. At age 5 my parents moved the family to a house my father built in Chardon Township, Geauga County, Ohio. Our home was surrounded by farmland and woods so I spent a great deal of time outside exploring nature. I lived in the same house until after I graduated from High School. Byers-779 09:36, 18 October 2016 (EDT)
3. What memories do you have of your father (his name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on)? Ray Oliver Byers was born 17 Oct. 1929 in Salem, Columbiana, Ohio. His parents were Raymond Byers and Charlotte Herrington. Was a Boy Scout as a youth and ran track in High School. Joined Pack 93 in Chardon as an Assistant Cubmaster when Dale joined
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On 21 Feb 2018 at 19:36 GMT Lance Shumway wrote: