Jerry "J.B." Byrkeland
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Jerry "J.B." Byrkeland, age 66, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly Monday, June 15, 2015, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, June 19, 2015, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church.

Pallbearers are Tom Slowey, Dave Haas, Keith Williams, Cliff Williams, Daryl Wayne Barry, Wade Barry, Rod Barry, and Larry Schulte.

Jerry Byrkeland was born August 1, 1948, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Erling and Melba (Tschetter) Byrkeland. He grew up in Gayville, South Dakota for a few years until later moving to Yankton. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1966. He attended Yankton College until transferring to Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota. He married Janice Schulte on June 26, 1968, in Yankton. After their marriage they lived in Yankton where Jerry worked for Kapitan's Grocery Store and later for Phillips 66 in Yankton. He worked as dock foreman for Abler Transfer until starting J B Auto Body, which he owned and operated for over 30 years.

Jerry was very active and was a member of Whitetails Unlimited and many 4-wheel drive clubs. He sponsored many outdoor associations, softball and bowling teams. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, hunting, working in his yard, watching Twins games and Nascar. He loved his family and his German shorthair dogs. He will always be remembered for his friendliness and generosity. He helped anyone in need and never expected anything in return.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Byrkeland of Yankton; five children: Scott (Nicki) Byrkeland of Lesterville, South Dakota; Jim (Kim) Byrkeland; Bob Byrkeland; Mike (Karen) Byrkeland; Shelly (Nate) Heiden all of Yankton; 10 grandchildren: Gage, Evan, Carson, Kaden, Allie, Emma, Marissa, Brayden, Piper, and Harper; brother, John (Beth) Byrkeland of Algona, Iowa; four sisters: Heather (Rick Smith) Hansen of Owasso, Oklahoma; Mary Beth (Gerald) Gergen of Dallas, South Dakota; Madonna Byrkeland of Richmond, Virginia; and Becky Frank of Lesterville. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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So very sorry for your loss.

Rod & Jana McCloud

Jerry was one of the good ones! A great heart, spirit, and soul! He will be forever remembered in his goodness that he passed on to others. My deepest sympathies to a great family and friends!

Jessica Cameron

I don't even know where to begin. He was a great man with a big heart. He taught me that not everything in this world needed to be paid for with cash. Friends help Friends. He was a super guy & will be missed greatly. I visited with him about 2 weeks ago & will always remember his smil & gift to gab. Prayers & Hugs to all of you!


My thoughts and prayers to all the family. He will be missed by so many.

Phyllis Schwandt

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jen and Dusty List

Our family is deeply saddened by this news. Never in our lives have we met such a kind and caring man, who did whatever he could to help out a friend. He has offered so much kindness to our family over the years. We hope he knows how much he meant to all of us. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

James and Sheri Duke

Our thoughts and prayers to the family.. Enjoyed bowling with Jerry..He will be missed

Doug and Tracy Pearson

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Mary Foster Cannata

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be missed by many! He was one of the kindest men I knew.

Mary Hovaldt & Ron Shutt

Jan and Family

Steve and I are so very sorry for your loss. JB was one of a kind, they sure broke the mold after him. He never had a harsh word for or about anyone, there was always that cute little JB grin. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathi & Steve Larson

Any time I walked into the shop to drop off a check, or pick up a vehicle, I was greeted with that darn grin and smiling eyes that only JB had ! Jerry, you left us all with great memories. RIP !

Jill Gregg

To Scott and family Nate and family, so sorry to hear of your loss you have our deepest sypathy ,you are in our thoughts and prayers.

jerry scott

We are very sorry for your loss ... JB was an awesome person and friend. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Brad, Jodi and Nathan List

To all of the Byrkeland family, I am so sorry to hear about JB. Thinking of all of you at this time.

Kelle Taggart Loecker

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He was definitely a good man and helped our family out several times over the years. My daughter, Nicki, had a great Father-in-law in Jerry. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Vicki Dummett

What a pleasure it was knowing Jerry and doing business with him! I always left the shop with a brighter outlook than when I showed up. He will surely be missed. Thoughts, prayers and love to you all!

Gary Copperstone

Mary Beth And family- Sorry to hear of you loss. Never prepared for the loss of a loved one! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Al and Diane Wieman

We are so sorry to hear of JBs passing. He was a great friend and one of the nicest people it was our pleasure to know. You are all in our prayers.

Joe & Mavis Novak

I don't even know what to thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends who were so blessed to know this wonderful person! Lots of fun memories for me and I'm so happy to have met him! Hugs

Christina Lupton Toupal

To Shelly and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, he surely must have been a great guy, he has such a wonderful daughter, he brought up right! From all the nice comments here I feel I knew him thru you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and family, stay close to one another as you all have always done to get you all through such a difficult time.

Take Care!! Val Bill Brian & Alyssa

Sorry for your loss, Byrkeland family. JB was a great man and neighbor. He was always thinking of others. He will be greatly missed.

Warren and Mary White

Jan and family:

Al & I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. JB was a great guy and will be greatly missed.

Val & Al Novak

Jan and Family, We were shocked to hear of Jerry's passing.  We share your pain. JB's list of friends is endless.

Tim and Joni Branaugh


Our sympathy to you and family for your loss. You take care of yourself and remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.

Katie Boom & Mike

To Heather and all of the Byrkeland family, I am so sorry to learn of Jerry's death. God bless all of you as you celebrate his life.

Jean Novotny

I'm so sorry.. He was quite the guy, entertaining, hard working and smiled so much..

MelCena and Curt Bernard

We were saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Don and Melissa Buehrer

My prayers and sympathy go out to all of the family.  Please know that the sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery are also praying for all of you at this time of sudden loss.  May Jerry's eternal peace be upon you, especially as you share stories of the good man.

Sister Patricia Ann Toscano, OSB

Our sympathy to the family.  We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Linda Ferjak
Bishop Garrigan

Jan and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Jerry was a great guy and will be sadly missed.

Gene and Pat Novak

Sorry to here of he death of Jerry, I knew him and did a little chasing around with him years ago. Also he did some of my body work when needed. He'll be missed by many.

Bill Fejfar

Jerry was a very, very kind person.....I will never forget the many times he helped me with my vehicles. My sympathy to Jan and all of their family.....      Loved  the greeting from the Dog at the shop........

Lois Lenling


I'm so sorry to learn of your brother's passing.  You have my prayers and sympathy.

Thinking of you.

Jan 'Rupiper' Spielman

To Jan and all the family, so very sorry for your loss of a great husband and dad.  It was a honor to know him and be a friend all these years. We will miss him dearly.

El and Corriene Jordahl

Heather, please accept and extend my sympathy to you and your family.

Lois Bruening Lehmkuhl

JB will be missed by all!  He was a great man with an amazing outlook on life!  The thing we will miss is the smile he shared with the world!

Our deepest sympathy to all of you!

Sean & Amy Mulloy

Jan, I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's sudden passing. Our thoughts, prayers are with your family. My brother Jeff and I have many great memories of growing up with the Byrkeland family. I know your family will be comforted by all the memories that will be shared with you in the coming days. 

Judy Harm Cooper

Sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Good man, good friend. Like many friendships of our youth, we didn't stay in touch as well as we should have. Life and making a living got in the way, I guess. The world (at least mine) was a better place for having know Jerry. Those family and friends that enjoyed his love and friendship were/are blessed. Until we meet again, old friend!

Glen Bowers

Hi Scott, remember me from Catholic grade school days at Sacred Heart?  I am sorry to hear about your loss.   Your family is in my prayers.

Alice (Putz) Oberbroeckling

Dear Heather and Jan and Family, I am so sorry to hear of you loss.  I knew Jerry almost as long as I knew Heather -- grade school.  He was always so very kind and friendly.  Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,

Darlene Peitz-Hillenbrand

To the Byrkeland family, JB will put a void in the hearts of many. Thoughts are with you.

Stacy Starzl, Jessica, Kennedy and Miranda

Dear Jan, I am shocked and saddened by the news.  I know you loved him so much.  You and your family are in our prayers.

Russ and Marlene Ohnstad

Dear Jan and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Todd and DelRae Abler

Janice. So sorry to read about your loss! I am sure he is in better place!

Luverne (Chris) Christensen

To Jerry's family:

So sorry for your loss. JB was always a pleasure to work with and I will miss doing business with him. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Beth Breen

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