Byron Moren

November 18, 1927 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Byron Moren Obituary

In Loving Memory of Byron Arthur Moren

November 18, 1927 - December 20, 2023

Byron Arthur Moren, age 96, of Ely, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home on December 20, 2023. A life well lived, he will be deeply missed by family and friends. Byron was born in Biwabik, MN, to Arthur and Jennie Moren on November 18, 1927. At the age of 7, after the loss of his father, his family relocated to Virginia, MN, where he attended school with his younger brother and sister, Thomas and Margaret.

Byron's early years were marked by a strong work ethic, holding various jobs as a shoeshine boy, paper boy, chicken rancher, and eventually working for the Duluth Mesabi & Iron Range Railway as a teenager. At the age of 18, he proudly served in the US Air Force from 1945-47, among the first occupying forces deployed to Japan. His service took him to Tokyo and later Korea, where he worked in communications.

Following his military service, Byron earned his GED, held various jobs including a printer at the Mesabi Daily News, and pursued higher education. He attended Virginia Jr. College and earned a BS Degree in Business Education from Saint Cloud State University in 1955. Throughout college, Byron supported himself as a musician, playing the upright bass at many dance halls up and down the Iron Range. Byron and his friends from the Sand Lake Navey built and launched his beloved houseboat, "What's-Your-Rush," on Lake Vermilion in 1955. You can still find that boat cruising the east arm of Burntside Lake today.

Byron's dedication to education led him to a career in teaching, spanning locations like Newfolden, Pine City, Grand Marais, and Ely, MN. He earned a master's degree in Occupational Education from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and was passionate about vocational education, pioneering alternative programs for his students at Ely High School. Byron retired in 1984 after a fulfilling career.

In 1958, Byron married the love of his life, Alice Sundquist, and the couple made Ely their home for the past 65 years. Byron was a man of many talents, spending summers as a self-employed excavation-road building contractor and cabin caretaker. After retirement, he started the small business Signs of Ely which he ran for 10 years. 

Byron was actively involved in his community, being a member of Grace Lutheran Church, representing The American Red Cross as a disaster representative, participating in the MN Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, a charter member of the Ely Lions Club, and being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Traveling, sailing, music, and filming were some of Byron's cherished recreational activities. He was a fixture in the 4th of July parade, known for his award-winning floats. Byron's commitment to staying active, engaging in hobbies, and being surrounded by good friends was the key to his longevity. He loved Ely and the countless friends he made in the community.

Byron faced health challenges with courage, optimism, and strength. In reflecting on his life, he left us with these words: "I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life, full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make life worth living."

Byron is survived by his loving wife Alice of 65 years, daughter Peggy Stolley, sons Jim (Cathy) Moren, Mike Moren, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, siblings, and other family members.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Grace Lutheran Church. A fellowship will follow at Grand Ely Lodge at noon.

For those who wish to learn more about the life and times of Byron Moren, you can visit his YouTube channel at Byron is also featured in the Ely Chamber of Commerce's "Leaf Coloring in Minnesota" spoof on YouTube at He was additionally featured in Ely Summer Times 2023 as one of Ely's Senior Citizens. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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January 20, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church (Ely, Minnesota)

Memorial Service
January 20, 2024

10:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
301 East Conan Street
Ely, MN 55731


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