Mel Byers, age 80, of Ferndale passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan, 11, 2017. He was born July 14, 1936 to parents Wilbur Ray and Pearl Emily (McElheney) Byers. He graduated Ferndale High School in the class of 1955 and married Janice Jordan in Bellingham August 30, 1957. Mel’s grandparents John and Minnie Byers were Homesteaders on the property that is now Conoco-Phillips Ferndale Refinery. Mel worked in Auto Body his whole working career, he owned and operated Mels Auto Body for over twenty years. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joyce Herr and brothers Robert, Theron and Wayne Byers. Mel is survived by his wife of 59 years Janice; sons, Don and his wife Jean, Ron and Tom and his wife Sheila Byers; six grandchildren, Nicole and Kyle Pellham, Aaron and Victoria Halterman-Byers, Ryan and Ana Byers, Marlena Byers-Nicolaas and Mat, Corbin and Megan Hamilton-Byers and Trina Byers; four great grandchildren Collin and Emily Nicolaas and Jaxon and Cienna Byers; brother Francis Byers and his wife Beth and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A Celebration of life to be announced at a later date In lieu of Flowers the Family asks that you consider donating to a Charity of your choice.