In Memory

John Byers

John E. Byers


Byers, John E., owner of the VW Shop, passed away on April 27, 2015. He was born June 2, 1949 in Wichita, Ks. A memorial pot luck will be held Sunday, May 24, at 2 pm at John's home, 1608 W 51st, Wichita. Bring a dish and stay for the day. John was preceded in death by his parents Eldon Byers and Anita Byers, his wife Jan Purcell and brother Randy Byers. Survivors include his sister Sherry Apple, son Casey Bryan, grandsons Cameron and Kyle Bryan and various niece and nephews . Anyone who owned a VW Beetle knew John. He also raised fish and birds and was an active member of the Kansas Pond Society. 

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05/07/15 08:52 AM #1    

Jerry NeSmith

John was a genuinely good person.  I never heard an unkind or angry word from him.  I offer his family and friends my sincere sympathy.

05/07/15 02:12 PM #2    

Greg McFarland

John was my buddy and I will miss him always.

He kept my old VW's running and was the only guy I let work on my old 912 Porsche. In a world of profit grabbing, John's rates were honest and fair and his work was appreciated by his many longtime customers.I loved to hang out at the shop with John and the dogs and all John's other critters, messing with vintage cars and listening to rock n roll. John once owned the Blackout ( the notorious quintessential hipster bar on 21st favorite hangout) and told the most amazing tales of that era. The man had traveled up the Amazon, was a regular at Winfield, worked stage production and concerts for many years, raised exotic pets, grew some incredible tomatoes and other stuff, loved old beetles and busses and dogs and people. John maintained a curiosity about life and was amused and amazed by what he found  in it.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow classmates, this man was a good man.

Greg (Mac) McFarland, Bella Vista Ar, 


05/09/15 08:05 PM #3    

Charles A Sawyer

John was a good friend during high school and a lot of fun to be with, he will be missed. Charles Sawyer


05/14/15 12:59 AM #4    

Robert Dopps

I had to good fortune to become reacquainted with John a few years ago when he worked on a VW that I acquired from a patient of mine.  His work was superb and the time spent with him was even better than his work.  His place was unique to say the least with many hidden memories of his late wife's artwork and unique expressions of her style of art.  John himself was a delight to pass time with.  Like Greg said, is stories were very enlightening and long after talking with him, things he said came to surface as tidbits of intrigue and somewhat mystical moments of the life experiences he shared.  John you were indeed special and will long be remembered.  Your passing leaves me with the desire to take life a bit more easily, breathe a bit deeper and savor the times spent with friends and family.   Rest in Peace John and thanks for the memories.  Dr. Rob Dopps











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