Nathan Kendall Byrum

Nathan Kendall Byrum, 32, of Keokuk formerly of the Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield communities. He lost the battle with his mental health on Friday, December 15, 2023.

Nathan was born on March 30, 1991, in Mt. Pleasant the son of Micheal and Carolyn Byrum.  He was raised in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from the Mt. Pleasant High School. Nathan was united in marriage to ShaLeah Byrum on December 23, 2014, in Ottumwa.  To this union three children were born, Angel, Javier and Aysha.  They later separated.  Nathan later had a daughter, Kendall, with Myha Housh and was like a father to Myha’s daughter, Evelyn.   

Nathan enjoyed fishing, cooking, listening to his Grandpa Kenny’s old stories, but most of all being with those he loved. Nathan made friends everywhere he went.  He was a funny and charming person.  There was never a dull moment with him around.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Javier Byrum, Aysha Byrum, Kendall Rose Byrum and his bonus daughter, Evelyn Housh.  The mothers of his children, ShaLeah Byrum and Myha Housh, his parents, Micheal and Carolyn Byrum, his sister and protector, Carlee (Mathew) Byrum-Neff, his sister, Heather (Dwayne) Leichty, his brother, Todd (Cindy) Byrum, along with  nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his first born daughter, Angel, his grandfather, Kenneth Kendall, who he adored and was very close to, his grandmother, Janet Kendall,  his grandmother, Nina Allison,  and grandparents, Carl and Betty Byrum.

No services are planned at this time.  A private family celebration of Nathan’s life will be held at a later time.  Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant.

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Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant, is caring for his arrangements.