COL. (Ret.) Robin Keith Byrom
July 23, 1956 - August 21, 2013
Colonel (Retired) Robin Keith Byrom, of Rolla, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the age of 57.
He was born in Fort Campbell, KY on July 23, 1956 to Robert and Patricia (McGraw) Byrom.
On October 26, 1979 he married Rosemary Bowdoin and they were later blessed with two children.
Colonel Robin Byrom served the United States Army for over 27 years. His assignments included Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer (XO) for the 310th Chemical Company (Smoke Generator), Commander of the 318th Chemical Company (Decon), Operations Officer for the 490th Chemical Battalion, S4 for the 490th Chemical Battalion during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Commander of the 907th Chemical Detachment (JB), S2/3 of the 490th Chemical Battalion, XO of the 490th Chemical Battalion, Commander of the 490th Chemical Battalion, Chemical Officer for the 416th Engineer Command, and Commander of the 455th Chemical Brigade and Garrison Commander, Camp Slayer, Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Colonel Byrom has numerous decorations and achievements which include: The Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal (five awards), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (six awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass (20 years' service) and “M” mobilization device (four awards), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (six awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).
He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Rolla where he served on various committees.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his wife, Rosemary Byrom; his children, Regan Brewer and husband Chad, of Oxford, AL and Ruston Byrom, of Rolla; his parents, LTC (Ret) Robert Byrom and Patricia Byrom, of Jacksonville, AL; a sister, Pamela Selman and husband James, of Winchester, TN; two brothers, Kevin Byrom and wife Darlene, of Piedmont, AL and COL (Ret) Jon Byrom and wife Erin, of St. Robert, MO; one grandson, Rowen Brewer, of Oxford, AL; nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends.
A funeral service for Robin Byrom will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Rolla. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, August 26th at First Baptist Church. Interment with full military honors will take place at a later date at the National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warriors.
Online condolences may be offered at this website.
Tom & Kandy MurphyIt is with heavy heart knowing I have lost a great friend, mentor and boss. I will miss my daily lunches with Robin as we solved the world’s problems. Robin welcomed me into the JEAD family and trained me to become a contributing member of the Chemical Corps. He had a wonderful sense of humor, despite being an Alabama fan. We have all gained another fine Guardian Angle. Hope he helps me catch bigger bass in my tournament! Love you Robin..
Carla (Thomas) JacksonI'm so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. I met Robin on a number of occasions when visiting Jon and Erin. He was always kind and had an infectious smile. Robin even ate a casserole I made once and seamed to enjoy every bite. After I had a chance to enjoy Rosemary's amazing cooking, I'm convienced he was just being very generous. I pray the peace of Jesus will surround you all in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
TeylaUncle Robin gave the best hugs, and he was funny.
Mike CressI knew Robin for many years, first meeting him when he was an Lt in the 490th Chemical. He and I have worked for years at Fort Leonard Wood. Robin was also a friend and frequent breakfast companion. He will be remembered as having a sharp mind, pleasant personality, and dedication for the Service members he supported. Robin lived decency and honesty he was an example and friend to all of us. Truely a great Soldier, husband and friend.
We are so sorry for you loss. Your husband has left a legacy and accomplishment's that will you and your children can be so proud of. He was a fine man. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Susan StatlerSo sorry for your loss. May God comfort and guide you in the coming days, months, and years. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Marion WesterlingAlthough I haven't seen Robin in many years, I have many memories of him as I grew up with Kevin in his mom and dad's house so often. Robin was always full of laughter and jokes. He used to tease me mercilessly when I was a teenager. My condolences and prayers go out to a family that I have loved as my own for 30 years.
Dennis HutchinsonMy thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. Robin was truely an exceptional person in so many ways. He was always busy but yet always so welcoming. Robin will be greatly missed but, more importantly, he will forever be remembered.
Mary HalbrookRosemary, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. May God hold you closely in the palm of his hand in the days and years to come. Robin was a man of integrity. He set an example for others as a fine Christian man. I will always remember when Bro. Bob had Robin stand in church so that everyone could pray for him before he went to Iraq. His love for all of you, God, and his country was shown by the single tear that ran slowly down his face. Love, Mary
Art and joyce Connor, Waynesville MoOur prayers for Robin's family. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Mike and Tonie lanphereNo words can express our sorrows, Robin was one of the finest (personnaly/professionally) that I've ever had the pleasure to know. Our prayers go out to his family.
Ms. Lee GreenMy heart goes out to all of Robin's family and close friends. My office worked with Robin on several projects and truly appreciated his professionalism, support, and vast knowledge and experience. He leaves a large hole in the Joint CBRN Community!
Sincerely, Ms. Lee Green, Director, Joint Mortuary Affairs Center, Fort Lee, VA
BETTY HODGESROSEMARY AND FAMILY
JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW I SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF AND KNOW THERE IS LITTLE I CAN SAY TO MAKE IT EASIER. REMEMBER YOUR HAPPY MEMORIES AND GOOD TIMES AND KNOW THAT A LOVING GOD IS WATCHING OVER YOU.HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THIS. JUST TRUST.HIM.
Mary GillI've worked with Robin for many years and what a great man. I'm truely sorry for your lost. He will be missed by many.
Teresa DillonMy condolences to the family. I've worked with Robin for the last eight years or so as part of JRO and I'm going to very much miss him. He was a good leader and liked to work collaboratively and kept us medical folks involved in the CBRN issues. He was a good go to guy for me; he seemed to always know the answers. The whole CBRN community has lost a true friend.
Ernie HaneyI miss him so much.
Bill HeiselIt was my pleasure to know and work with Robin for the past 15 years. He was a man who always went out of his way to help and guide me in our area. One who was never afraid of speaking his mind, he was a mentor who will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Mark DiglioI worked with Robin at CBRN Defense planning meetings for the past several. His experience, keen insights and contributions helped with vision, quality and those with divergent opinions to meet in the middle. He was both highly intelligent and very personable. His passing was a great surprise to all. He will be and is sorely missed. My condolences to his loved ones and surviving family. – Mark Diglio, Chemical Defense Analyst, USANCA
Fran BakerTo Robin's family: I'm so sorry to hear about Robin's passing. I knew him back in AL at the Chemical School; he was always such a pleasant person. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. You're in my prayers. Fran Baker
firstname.lastname@example.orgSo sad at the passing of one the finest. I have had the great pleasure of working with Robyn in the past, and there were plans for another adventure in the coming months. With love and peace, John.
SGMJack Tussey ( Ret. )I have been out of the states, just received word of Robin's passing. I have known Robin and served with Robin for the past 20 years, Robin led from the front, and truly loved his soldiers! He will be missed! Life is not the number of years,it is the the our legacy we leave!
Robin was a life well lived! Until we meet again dear friend.
Brad PettijohnDear Rosemary, Rustin and Ragan,
I am very sorry about what has happpened. I enjoyed many a day listening to Robin in our car pool...around 10-12 years worth. He was a friend and I miss him. He was full of life and I enjoyed knowing him. I look forward to enjoying that great marriage feast in heaven with Jesus and hearing Robin talking when we are reunited with all those who claim the name of Jesus. Robin will probably be tell Jesus about Alabama and his favorite expression "Roll Tide". My sincere condolensces. Let me know how I can help.
In Christian fellowship,
Brad Pettijohn and family
Brad SandersI have known Robin for many years, he will be missed greatly, our mornings chats about college football was a daily part of our lives. I had make an exception for Robin being an Alabama fan, will solely miss that "Roll Tide" spirit he showed each and every morning. We all have gained an extra angel watching over us. Robin was a great American and friend, he will be missed.
Bonnie Camp (carpool)Wednesday on way home -Robin sat in my front seat - he nodded off for a minute and I smiled - guess my driving had improved! Then, the roundabout at Rolla -- Robin said "Bonnie, I think you could beat him". I told him I didn't like ties! Forgot to tell him I don't like funerals either! FLW will miss a great Soldier and friend.
LTG Thomas SpoehrMy deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of Robin Byrom. He was a great Soldier and man. He served the Chemical Corps well and will be missed. He was chipper in all weather and his enthusiasm infected others.
Larry LazoMrs. Byrom and family,
I have just read the condolences sent by many who's lives were enhanced by Robin. I too share in those sentiments and respected him as a Soldier, mentor, and friend. I had the opportunity to not only work with Robin, but also learn from him. He always made time for me, no matter how busy he was. The conversations we shared will always be a treasured memory. On 21 Sept I will be competing in the Redman Long Course Triathlon in Oklahoma City. It is a full Ironman Race. I will ensure I cross that finish line for Robin and all he has done for me, the Regiment, and the Army.
We miss you Robin.
Darlene BramelRosemary, Regan, and Ruston
Please accept my sincere condolences. Although I never knew your husband personally, I know he had a wonderful family. I was a better person for knowing you and Regan. You were both always so positive and upbeat. I hope knowing that others care give you some comfort.
Terry JohnsonI carpooled with Robin for the last year or so, and I can affirm that he was good of Christian family loving man as they come. I am proud to have called Robin my friend, and I have little doubt that both Jacksonville St and Alabama will be playing with a 12th man this season. Roll Tide!
Kari WilsonI just wanted to pass along my deepest sympathy to the Byrom family. I knew Robin from work. While I didn't work closely with him, I was around him often enough to see his light shine My heart goes out to you all because I know what it's like to have a loved one taken from you unexpectedly. Please remember that God is control and His mercy and grace will be sufficient for you in the days ahead. Your pain will never go away but it will get better over time. Remember Romans 8:28-32. I will be praying for you all, Kari Wilson
Bill and Lauren JansenOur thoughts and prayers are with Robin's family. We never met Robin in person, but had exchanged numerous emails with him regarding ceramic molds. His sense of humor will be remembered as will be his genuine kindness and caring.
COL Maria Gervais & FamilyOur thoughts and prayers are with you and the family on the loss of this great man, leader, Solider and friend. He made a huge impact in the lives of so many and we were extremely blessed and our lives enriched just by knowing him. He will truly be missed.
Jonas VogelhutRobin, You were an excellent co-worker and friend. I remember our great discussions....and watching you teach
and mentor all those around you. We will miss you, but you will not be forgotton as you leave a lasting legacy.
Patrick OlsonOur Heart goes out to your Family. God Bless you All.
Pat & Dana Olson
Shellia and Jeffrey PalmerI'm so sorry for your loss. Robin was a great co- worker and a friend. He is truly going to be missed by all.
SGM(R) Mike E. LongI served with Robin here at DOT&LD, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Due to mission, I was unable to attend the services.
My sincerest condolences to the family on their loss.
John CassellI worked wi th Robin for several years at Fort McClellan on the BIDS program. He was always considerate and helpful in all situations. He was a fine Christian man and I know he will be greatly missed.
RHONDA LUNSFORD-BROWNRobin was truly a treasure!! He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. He was always a joy to work with and had a smile in his voice each and everytime we talked. I regret we were unaware of his passing unitl today. We would have liked to have paid our last respects to a man among men. He will be forever in our hearts here in the travel office.
sue frazierI work at cwt/sato and have had the pleasure of working with robin for many years. He was one person who could always make me laugh. He will be dearly missed by all in our office.
Jacqueline JohnsonMy deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Robin will be truly missed by all that knew him. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may God bless your family.
Charles KirkwoodRobin certainly was one of the Good people in the world. I have never met a more solid all around person than Robin. He made the world a better place. I always looked forward to seeing Robin because a little of his upbeat personality rubbed off on me each time. Good people should not die so young. My heart goes out to Robin’s family. From a Desert Storm tent mate, Charles Kirkwood
CSM Tyrone & Rosemary Branch (Ret)We send our deepest sympathy to the family in this time of lost.
I served with Col Robin Byrom for 16 years with the 490th Chemical Battalion. He was a caring leader and professional soldier who wanted to do things right. Thanks for allowing him to serve this great country of ours. I present a final salute to Col Robin Keith Byrom, a very accomplished soldier and person.
Kay BrownRosemary and family,
I am so shocked at the news of Robin. I want you to know that I keep you in my prayers. Robin was one of the most Godly men I know! I have always appreciated his service not only to our country but to our home church First Presbyterian in Jacksonville. God be with all of you!
Sandra Haynes PrickettI remember Robin as one of my childhood neighbors. His sister, Pam, was a good friend. God Bless all of this family. I am praying for you.
Sandra Haynes Prickett
1SG(R) Larry AndersonI well remember talking with Major Byrom at the USACMLS. He was a strong Christian and enjoyed sharing his faith. He was always an optimist that could bring out the best in people. He will be missed.