Byron Albert Anderson was born on Aug. 1, 1947, to Blanche and Delbert Anderson in Starbuck, a town where his family lived for generations and where he remained committed, farming family land until his body no longer allowed him to farm. 

Byron graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1965 and from St. Cloud State in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. He soon after enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he spent six total years and served six months active duty, first as a heavy equipment mechanic and then a chaplain’s assistant. 

Byron began a lifelong career as a physics teacher at Eden Prairie High School in 1970, while continuing to farm. He married Kristine Melum in 1975 and together they built a family of three children. They started their adventure in St. Paul before they moved to Eden Prairie to continue raising their family. In 1993, they moved the family to Norway where Byron spent two years teaching at the International School of Stavanger.