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Jackson "Jack" A. Byars

Jackson Jackson A. “Jack” Byars, age 81, of Manhattan, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

He was born in Omaha, the son of Alfred and Mary Byars.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Omaha (UNO) and a master’s degree from Colorado State University (UNC). He taught physics and math at Benson High in Omaha for four years.

Jack was a Manhattan resident since 1969 when he accepted a position as assistant professor at K-State in the College of Education. He received a PhD in secondary education from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). During his K-State Career he coordinated mathematics education and spent time in the half-time position of chair of the Department of Educational Technology. In his final phase of his career he worked with the doctoral students and served as a research and statistical consultant to students and faculty. He was active in several professional organizations and served as president of the Kansas Association of Teacher Educators and the K-State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He retired in 2002.

He was an active member and served as the president of the Solar Kiwanis Club and the Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association. He was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church and had served as deacon and elder.

He was a season ticket holder to K-State football and basketball for 49 years and attended several bowl games.

Jack is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet (Jan), his sons, Jeffrey and Steven (Michelle) and his daughter, Julie Rydman (Eric), also his two granddaughters, Marin and Sierra Byars. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Karen Harmon.

Memorial services for Mr. Byars will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 9, 2019 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1110 College Avenue in Manhattan, with Pastor Erich Schwartz officiating. There will be a reception following the services at the church.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to a charity of your choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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