JOHN WINFRED TYLER WWII Vet Obit
By Ami August 07, 2003 at 07:21:06
JOHN WINFRED TYLER, a longtime resident of Baytown and Sugarland, died Tuesday evening, August 5, 2003, in the presence of family at the Laurel House care home in La Marque. He had just turned 90. He was a loving father and husband, a veteran of World War II, an executive for the S. S. Kresge Co. for 42 years, and an active member of the Catholic church and Knights of Columbus. A lifelong golfer, he served in his later years as course marshal at Sugar Creek Country Club, retiring at 80. Born in St. Louis, MO, on July 22, 1913 as the eldest of four children of Arthur and Mary Tyler, "Jack" Tyler joined the S. S. Kresge Co. as a stock clerk at 17, and worked at the company for more than four decades, rising to be store manager and district manager for the retail chain that became K-mart. He interrupted his career to serve in the Army during World War II, participating in the liberation of Europe and the Battle of the Bulge as a Technical Sergeant in the Fourth Armored Division. A devout Catholic, he was active in youth education for the Houston-Galveston Diocese and worked as a church fundraiser throughout his life. On May 17, 1939, he married Lorayne Knight of St. Louis, and Jack and Lorayne spent 57 loving years raising a family of five children as Jack's career developed at stores across the Midwest, Texas, and South Carolina, where he retired in 1978. Lorayne preceded him, dying on March 3, 1997, in Sugarland. He is survived by his five children: John W. Tyler, Jr., of Trinidad, TX; Susan C. Tyler, of La Marque; Jill A. Gresham, of Centerville, TX; Michael T. Tyler, of Galveston; and Patrick E. Tyler, of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren: Wendy K. Schlueter, Elizabeth A. Tyler, Tyler L. Langenkamp, Timothy C. Langenkamp, Clinton W. Brown, Daniel H. Brown, Silas O. Tyler, and Landry D. Tyler; and seven great grandchildren. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:30 PM, Thursday, August 7th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. A rosary will be held at 6:30 PM. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Friday, August 8th, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque. Burial will be in Centerville, Texas. Pallbearers will be Mr. Tyler's grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association. Malloy & Son Funeral Home Galveston, Texas (409) 763-2475
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 8/7/2003.