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R. Donald Tyler

89, died on May 30, 2014. He was born December 9, 1924 to Wallace Tyler and Velsie Jenkins in Georgetown, Indiana.

Don was a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute in Electrical Engineering. Later he returned to Butler for an additional degree in Business Administration. While in the army, he was stationed at Los Alamos where he built arming and fusing components for the atomic bomb. In civilian life, Don designed components for the first televisions and during his subsequent 30 years at Allison Gas Turbine, his work resulted in three patents being awarded. He spent another ten years at Allison Transmission before becoming an entrepreneur, as a partner in CHI, a local manufacturer of component parts for GM and other automotive companies. His community service included raising funds for building the Speedway Public Library. He served as an officer in both Lions and Scientech Clubs.

He was married to Doris Ostrander Tyler for 65 years before her death in 2010. They had three children: Diane Tyler (Indianapolis), Dr. Donna Tyler Thompson (Odessa, TX), and David Tyler (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Dr. Sunny Thompson Nelson, Kelsey Thompson Flake, Dr. Brittany Thompson Needham, and Brian Tyler and 6 great grandchildren.

Don and Doris' home in Speedway was a welcomed gathering place for dozens of grateful children and teenagers who knew there were always plenty of snacks, conversation and - if they asked for it, advice.

They moved to a home on Eagle Creek in 1979 where they entertained their children and grandchildren for years. In 2006 they decided to leave the entertaining to others, moving to Robin Run Village.

Viewing will be at Crown Hill Funeral Home between 9 and 11 am, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 followed immediately by a funeral service. There will be a small service at the crypt side for family and very close friends.

Online condolences may be shared at: http://www.crownhill.org

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 3, 2014
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