July 17, 1939 ~ May 6, 2020 (age 80)

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Kynston Richard Byrd, 80, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away May 6, 2020. He was born July 17, 1939, in Kansas City, Missouri to the union of Foraker O. and Octavia Z. Byrd.  He was proceeded in death by his mother, father and brother Foraker Byrd Jr.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and cousin to many. 

Kynston had one son, Richard Andrew Byrd, from a previous marriage to Marilyn K. Byrd, which was dissolved.  He later married Eula M. Byrd, May 8, 1971.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age.  At the time of his transition, he had no official church affiliation.

 Kynston received his education through the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District.  He graduated from Central High School in 1957.

 Kynston started his career with the Social Security Administration, November 4, 1957.  He held many positions during his 38 years of service, which was interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Army, February 1, 1965.  He resumed his federal career in January1967 after he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army.  Kynston received the National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal from the United States Army.  He retired from the Social Security Administration as an Integrity Review Specialist, January 2, 1995.

 Kynston leaves to cherish his love and memories, wife Eula M. Byrd, son Richard A. Byrd (Marilyn) of Punta Gorda, Florida, sister-in-law Marva Byrd of Kansas City, Kansas.  Grandchildren, Amber Byrd,

Scott Green (Alissa), Rachel Adedoyin (Michael), Gillian Roberts, Cooper Byrd and Richard Byrd. Jr., great grandson Luka Adedoyin, God daughter Robin Parks (Rodney), nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, many other extended family, friends and Thomas Ward (play brother). 


Interment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. A memorial visitation will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th St. Prairie Village, KS. 66208.


The family would like to express their gratitude for the love and care shown by the staff of Seasons Memory Care, One Community Hospice and Watkins Heritage Chapel.





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Leavenworth National Cemetery
150 Muncie Road
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Family to do services at later date

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