NAME: Ralph Leon ‘Pete’ Byrne, Jr.
RESIDENCE: Venice FL – Indianapolis IN; and hometown of Scottsburg IN
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 31 1948; Indianapolis IN
DATE & PLACE OF DEATH: February 21 2019; Las Vegas NV
PARENTS: Ralph Leon Byrne & Margaret Martin Byrne
VETERAN: U. S. Army 1968-1970 as a Sergeant with the Military Police
OCCUPATION: began his career with the Scottsburg IN City Police in 1970 serving to 1997, serving in the ranks of
patrolman, city’s first police detective, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, lieutenant of the department and
Chief of the Scottsburg City Police Department under Mayor Zelma Gladden. He was known as “Officer Friendly” for children’s programs.
He retired as Director of Security with Hoosier Lottery serving 1997-2006.
He was the recipient of the R. Pat Stark & the Addie Maddox Awards which are two of the highest awards that Indiana F.O.P. bsetows on a member.
INTERESTS: Corvettes, Basketball, Golf and any sport; many friends, and retirement in Venice FL
EDUCATION: Graduate 1966 Scottsburg High School; graduate 1971 Indiana Police Academy.
MEMBERSHIPS: Held numerous offices in the local F.O.P; served 12 years as F.O.P. State Vice President & currently serving as the Chairman of the National Site Committee for F.O.P. His past memberships included the Amick-Baker-Kellems Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 156; Scottsburgh Masonic Lodge 572; Scottish Rite, Shrine Valley of Indianapolis, American Legion Scott Post 234, VFW Post 1083, and Scottsburg Lions Club. He was honored in the 1980-1981 edition of “Outstanding Young Men in America” as announced by the board of advisors of the annual publication.
SURVIVORS: Sister: Rhonda L Burns & husband Joe, Plant City FL
3 Nephews: Bryen Burns & wife Risa, Brandon FL; Brad Burns, Plant City FL; Brent Burns & wife Kristi, Safety Harbor FL.
7 Great Nieces & Nephews: Serenity, Charity, Charlotte, Donovan, Jon, Jacob & Jackson
Best Friends: Jan Hardy & Joe Cravens; Kriner cousins, Martin cousins and many friends
Preceded in death by: his sister JoAnne Byrne 1955; father Ralph L Byrne Sr 1970; beloved mother Margaret Martin Byrne 2005.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Saturday March 9 2019 1 PM - 4 PM
MILITARY SERVICE: Saturday March 9 2019 1:30 PM
F.O.P. SERVICE following the American Legion salute
Knights of Columbus
1460 N Gardner Scottsburg IN 47170
MEMORIAL DONATIONS: Indiana State F.O.P. for Special Olympics and Easter Seals
1427 E. Washington St
Indianapolis IN 46201
c/o: Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home, 80 N 1st St., Scottsburg IN 47170