Clarence Byma, 85, of Sunnyside passed away on May 27, 2011 in Sunnyside. He was born on May 3, 1926 in Uretrep, Holland to Ralph and Augusta Byma.

At the age of two, Clarence immigrated to the United States with his parents. They moved to the Bellflower, Calif. area and Clarence received his education while in Bellflower. He served his country from Dec. 24, 1944 to July 21, 1946. On June 7, 1950 he married Leona De Vries at Mitchellville, Iowa.

Clarence worked in the dairy business with his brother Jake in Buena Park, Calif. In 1957, Clarence and his family moved to a dairy on Braden Road in Sunnyside. Later, they moved to a farm on Independence Road in the Outlook area. Clarence semi-retired on some acreage on North Price Road in Outlook and then retired in April of 1991 and moved to Scoon Road. Clarence's hobby was having peacocks.

He was a member of the United Reformed Church of Sunnyside and active in the Sunnyside Christian School. He served as an elder in the church and was on the board for the Christian school.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Byma of Sunnyside; a daughter, Augusta (Kenneth) Lorensen of Buckeye, Ariz; two sons, Garret Byma of Sunnyside and David (Pini) Byma of Vista, Calif; daughter-in-law, Sharon Byma of Outlook; seven grandchildren; sister-in-law, Winnie Byma of Bellflower, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Clarence was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Byma; parents; brothers, Bernard Byma, Garret Byma, and Jacob Byma; a sister, Effie; and a nephew, Ralph.

Visitation will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011 at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the United Reformed Church of Sunnyside. Burial with military honors will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.


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