Samuel Wesley "Sam" Tyler died Sept. 14, 2001, in Sweet Home, Ore.
Born Nov. 28, 1926, in Willamina, Ore., Tyler spent most of his life in Oregon. He worked as a logger and devoting much of his time to the church. He married Patricia Wilcox and was father to one son and three daughters. He and his family lived in Southeast Alaska for two years.
Tyler was committed to his family, his work and the church. In 1979 he and his son-in-law, Don Arndt, began a partnership which eventually became D & S Contractors. He remained with this business until he retired in 1995. He enjoyed spending time on his ranch with his 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Edward, Everett and Loten, and one sister, Cora Cantrell.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pat; son Wesley and daughter-in-law Susan of Hoonah; daughters and sons-in-laws Beverly and Russell Hurst, Bonnie and Don Arndt, and Milli Bostrom, all of Ore.; sisters Elma Stewart, Inez Tyler, Mary Nelson, Louise Meiling and Rosalie Tyler of Ore., and Mildred Henkle of Calif.; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Evangelical Mission to Uruguay in care of the Elm Street Baptist Church in Sweet Home.
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