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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • OBITUARY: Gene Byrd

  • Gene Byrd, 43 of Harrisburg, passed away 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.
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  • Gene Byrd, 43 of Harrisburg, passed away 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.
    He was born Aug. 16, 1970, in Washington, Mo., the son of Bonnie Lou Scheer Headricks and Rick Headrick. Gene was an alignment technician at Jim Hayes, Inc. He started singing in church and later expanded into country and rock singing and playing with various bands throughout the area.
    He is survived by his parents, Rick and Bonnie Headrick; fiancé, Julia Williams of Rosiclare; two sons, Jaxson Cole Byrd of Rosiclare, Trenton Byrd of Harrisburg; and a stepson, Nathan Hill of Eldorado; two stepdaughters, Lane Marie Williams and Morgan Riley Williams, both of Rosiclare; five brothers, Cary and Christian Byrd, Patrick and Marci Byrd, Brian Byrd, Brett “Moose” and Kim Byrd and Jeremie and Tasha Byrd, all of Harrisburg; and three sisters, DeAnna Byrd of Harrisburg, Tiffanie and Scott Petersmarck of Eldorado and Racheal Mann of Harrisburg; one grandson, Landon Zayne Hill; 14 nieces and nephews; and several foster brothers and sisters. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Verl Elvis Scheer and Harriet Alene Bull-Scheer-Hibner, Donald and Ada Hibner; paternal grandparents, Bill and Norma Headrick, James Cordeel Byrd Sr. and Agnes and Melbourne King; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.
    Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Dudley officiating and burial in Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills. Friends may call 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg.
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