Byron L. Tweeten

Byron L. Tweeten

April 27, 1947 - Sept. 1, 2017

Byron L Tweeten passed away suddenly on September 1, 2017 of a heart aneurysm while in New York City. He currently resides in Naples, FL. Mr. Tweeten was born in Forest City, IA on 48947 in Mount Valley Township to parents Lehman and Delores (Olsen) Tweeten.

Music was an important part of Byron's life and he had a gorgeous voice. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Music Education (cum laude) at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA. He went on to obtain his Masters in Education Leadership, Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Concordia University, Seward, NE.

Byron founded in 1970 the Next Door Foundation, Inc., a Milwaukee neighborhood-based children and family service agency that specialized in at-risk children and families' education and treatment programs. Next Door Foundation remains a model organization for high rates of success and social change in urban settings. He then moved to Hancock, MI as Director of Development for Suomi College. From there he worked for Howard Brennen Associates in assisting many non-profit clients in establishing funds for growth and development.

He founded Growth Design Corporation in 1981 and broadened his assistance to many not-for-profit organizations which include: diverse children and family organizations; health care; higher and secondary education; human and social services, public and private foundations; fraternal benefit societies; and religious denominations along with their associated institutions.

He authored a book published by Jossey-Bass: Transformational Boards – Engaging Boards and Embracing Change.

Mr. Tweeten had an impact on many organizations around the world. His knowledge and expertise were well known. On the personal side he loved 'Ole and Lena' jokes and improvising jazz on the piano. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Survivors include his daughter Alison of Hoffman Estates, IL, his mother Delores Tweeten of Forest City, IA, his sisters Sonje (Tweeten) Brown and husband Dennis of Burnsville, MN and Nance (Tweeten) Sheimo and husband Tom of Fertile, IA., nieces and nephew Scott Brown and wife Theresa, Jennifer (Brown) Salmon and husband Brad, Trisca Dee (Sheimo) Mayberry and husband Jameson, special friends Bob Steckenrider, Kathy Tweeten and many close friends and associates.

He was preceded in death by his father Lehman Tweeten.

Private services will be held in Forest City at a later date and in Naples, FL on September 16 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.


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