Jack Tyer

Jack Tyer RALLS-Jack Tyer, of Ralls died Saturday, June 21, 2014. Memorial services will be July 21, 2014, in the Ralls Cemetery Chapel at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Adams Funeral Directors of Ralls. Jack Tyer was born on June 10, 1916; the youngest of seven siblings born to Myrtle and Virgil Tyer of Bogata, Texas. Mr. Tyer was a WWII veteran with the rank of Master Sergeant in the 409th Bomb Group of the IX Air Force flying the Douglas A20 Havoc light bombers in Europe-Africa and Middle East Theater. He participated in eleven campaigns as Airplane Maintenance Technician. He was awarded the following decorations and citations: EAME (Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern) Campaign Medal and 11 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal and a Distinguished Unit Badge. Mr. Tyer graduated from Bogota High School, Paris Junior College and received his B. S. degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College. While at Sam Houston State Teachers College he met his wife, Freddie Nelson Tyer. They were married on Sept. 13, 1946, in Ft Worth, Texas. Freddie Nelson Tyer died in Dec. of 1970. Jack taught courses in agriculture and aircraft maintenance. He lived in many Texas cities including Bogata, Midland, and Houston. For over 30 years, he lived in Ralls Texas. When he moved to Ralls to be near some of his family members, he met his second wife, the former Ona Mae Martin. Jack and Ona Mae were married in Lubbock Texas, in April of 1985 and were married 29 years. Jack Tyer was a member of the Ralls First Baptist Church, and a former member of the Lions Club and the Texas State Teachers Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freddie Nelson Tyer; his parents, Virgil and Myrtle D. Tyer; his brother, Charlie E. Tyer; five sisters, Mary King, Lois Moses, Gladys Tyer, Ruth Rodgers, and Eva Green; and Ona Mae's son and grandson, Rick Martin and Chance Ashley. He is survived by his wife, Ona Mae; her daughter and husband, Donna and Larry Ashley of Ralls, Texas; grandsons, Darcy and Shane Martin; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to .

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 21, 2014