L. Eugene Byers

L. Eugene Byers, posthumous honoree, served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1986 to 1994 serving on numerous committees to represent and champion the concerns of agriculture in the General Assembly.  A native of Loudonville, Byers was a purebred livestock producer raising Berkshire hogs as a youngster in 4-H and later as an adult working with beef cattle. 

A 1951 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, professionally Byers maintained a veterinarian practice in the Loudonville area and served on the boards of the Malabar Farm Foundation and the Loudonville-Perryville School  Board.

A 4-H advisor for 10 years, Byers and his wife Marilyn raised four children.   As a family the Byers were active in 4-H, FFA and church activities, being honored as the Ohio's Great American Family of the Year by the Ohio Extension Homemakers Council.