John Richard Tyler

February 01, 1932 - May 07, 2017

John Richard Tyler

February 01, 1932 - May 07, 2017


John R. Tyler, age 85, passed away Sunday May 7, 2017 in the family home, surrounded by his beloved wife Gloria and other family members. Born February 1, 1932 in Bozeman, MT, John’s family moved to Tekoa, WA where he met Gloria (Jordan). They were married July 2, 1949. John had a long and varied career, including the position of Assistant Deputy Director of Public Works for Whatcom County. He is survived by his wife Gloria and a large and loving family. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday June 3, at 2:00 pm in the clubhouse at Cedar Grove – 4915 Samish Way, Bellingham.

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: June 3, 2017 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Cedar Grove Clubhouse
  • Location: 4915 Samish Way Bellingham, WA 98229 - (Get Directions)

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1 responses to John Richard Tyler

  1. jake Laete says:

    I remember so fondly working with John at Riley Engineering in the 80’s. He taught me so much about piping and plumbing that still remains with me today. He was also the source of endless stories and jokes. Even a long 3 hour drive to Walla Walla would pass quickly with John’s constant entertaining stories.
    I still remember the one about a small town that had to replace a main water valve on then city tank. They were prepared to drain the whole tank and be with out water for a couple of days. But John suggested that he be allowed to do it with out draining the the tank. The faulty valve was removed and he quickly started the threads on the replacement valve when the tank drew a brief suction at the beginning of the draining process. It was a gutsy move and there was only one chance to get it right, but he did it and the town was spared from a lengthy dry spell. Just one of his many stories.

    My thoughts will be with John and his wife today.

    Warm regards,

    Jake Laete, P.E.
    Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Gonzaga Univ.

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