AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Avis Byker, of Mora, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020 at her home. She was 82 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Avis’ home at 2182 160th Ave. Mora, MN 55051. Please bring a lawn chair.
VISITATION will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
INTERMENT will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Brunswick.
Avis Marie Krone Byker of Mora, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020 in her home where she longed to be after a difficult summer of hospitalizations and a month-long stay in rehab. She was 82 years old.
Avis Marie Nelson was born January 5, 1938, to Louis Emmanuel “Manny” & Mabel (Berg) Nelson in Grasston, MN. She attended elementary school in Grasston and then graduated from Braham High School in 1956.
On July 28, 1958, she was united in marriage to Arthur “Bud” Krone. After a few years they purchased a farm on the Groundhouse River south of Mora near Brunswick. In addition to raising their growing family, she milked cows (and goats), and helped tend to the crops plus she worked at Fingerhut in Princeton and AMOCO Plastic Factory in Mora during some of this time. She and Bud were also the first and only school bus drivers for Brunswick Country School before it consolidated with Mora Schools. They moved to a larger farm a few miles away in the fall of 1974 where they continued dairy farming until Bud died in a trucking accident on June 22, 1989. After Bud passed, her all-time favorite job was working at the vegetable stand during the summers for their good friends, Sheldon and Diane Zellman. She loved visiting with the customers and having her sister, Shirley, as a co-worker sometimes too.
Avis met Gene Byker in 1991 and they were married on December 31, 2003. She sold the farm in 1997 and kept a few acres where they called home. While living here, she worked at the Hinckley Grand Casino for over 10 years.
She will be missed by family, friends, and loyal little dog, Gizmo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Arthur “Bud” Krone; son, Bradley Ross Krone; siblings, Howard, Reynold, Lloyd, and Vahdah Nelson; brothers-in-law, Don Anderson and Jim Harwell; and sister-in-law Nadine Rau.
She is survived by husband, Eugene “Gene” Byker of Mora; children, Kathy (Steve) Kerr of Mora, Sandy (Jim) Larson of Isanti, Shari Fischer of Plymouth, Kim Barreno of CT, Dan (Julie) Krone of Mora, Darci (Chad) Perreault of CT, and Mike (Brittany) Krone of Isanti; stepsons, Ken Killinger of Braham and Rick Killinger of Stanchfield; sister Shirley Anderson of Mora; brother-in-law Roland Rau of TX; sisters-in-law, Kay Nelson of AZ, Joyce Harwell of TX, Diana Nelson of WI, and Vonnie Oman; step-children, Tammy (Tim) Smith, Debbie (Mike) Gould, Kim (Jerald) Gay, and Travis Byker; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.