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Francis M. Byrne, 59

Francis M. Byrne, age 59 of Prior Lake, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 22, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Shakopee.

Mike was born August 18, 1949 in Minneapolis to Francis L. and Dorothy B. (Eisenbacher) Byrne. He spent his childhood in Farmington where he attended the Farmington Public Schools and graduated with the class 1967 from FHS.

He served in the Minnesota National Guard. His love for trucks as a child was the beginning of his lifelong career as a member of the Local 49ers/International Union of Operating Engineers. He was employed with Ames Construction for a brief time but spent the majority of his career working for Richard Knutson Inc. of Savage. On April 1, 2008 he began a long deserved retirement from Richard Knutson, Inc., to pursue his golf game and spend time with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis in March, 1971 and his mother, Dorothy in November, 2005 besides grandparents, aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his sister Jeanne (Tom) Oleson of Northfield, and his niece Amanda Oleson of Minneapolis, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the White Funeral Home, 901 Third St., Farmington. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to service.

Interment of ashes, All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Lakeville.

White Funeral Home, Farmington, Minn. 651-463-7374.