G. Byron Healy
G. Byron Healy passed away early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2013, at his residence in The Gardens of Sun City. He was 96 years old, and preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Helen Elizabeth Jackson Healy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Claude, William and Ralph; and one grandson.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Jack) Hallock of Hazelhurst, Wis., Marti Healy of Aiken, S.C., and Reverend Patricia Locke of Grand Haven, Mich., along with three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Healy was born in Sugar Grove on Jan. 23, 1917. He attended Aurora University, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1937. He was employed by the International Harvester Company for 42 years, serving in several management positions in its truck division in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Utah and California, retiring from the Chicago home office in 1978.
Byron Healy had a life-long interest in music and was gifted with a rare voice talent. He studied vocal performance in college and privately. He shared his remarkable ability through a variety of venues and productions, including church, oratorio, stage musicals and solo performances.
After he and his wife moved to Sun City, Ariz., in 1978, he continued to participate in church music and with the West Valley Chorale and the Sun City Players. He also served several terms on the board (and as president) of the Sun Cities Chamber Music Society, was a founding member and president of the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus, and was past president of the Sun City Musician’s Club.
Additionally, Healy was a loyal member of the Sun City-Agua Fria Kiwanis Club for many years, and served as its president. He also served as president of the Illini Club (University of Illinois) of the West Valley, and was a former board member and president of the Sun Health Foundation, the Sun City Home Owners’ Association, and the West Valley Art Museum.
For many years, he was a dedicated member of the choir and soloist for the Church of the Palms (United Church of Christ) in Sun City, where he also held a term as moderator, and was a member of the Union Hills Country Club.
Visitation for Mr. Healy will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with a brief service following at 11 a.m. His burial will take place immediately afterward in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, next to his beloved wife and near his birthplace.
His gentle presence and gifted voice will be greatly missed here on earth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Palms, 14808 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351, The Sun Health Foundation, 13180 North 103rd Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351, or the musical organization of your choice.
Arrangements are being made through Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove. For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com/ to leave an online condolence.