SYCAMORE – Donald C. Tyrrell Sr., 82, of Sycamore, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Dec. 20, 1930, in Sycamore, the son of Charles "Chick" and Ethel (Tucker) Tyrrell, he married Helen M. Petersen on Aug. 6, 1950. Don served in the National Guard for several years.
Don, along with his family, were the owners and operators of Tyrrell Sand and Gravel, along with Tyrrell Lake in Sycamore for many years. He was a former Sycamore road commissioner and did road work at Candlewick Lake in Caledonia.
Don enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons. He loved his family and would spend time with them whenever he could. Don was an avid Chicago Sports fan, especially enjoying watching the Chicago Cubs.
Don is survived by five of his children, Donald Jr. (Debbie), Kathy (Michael) Viollt, Debbie (Steve) Champeny, James (Tammy), and Suzie (Glen) Underwood; daughter-in-law, Jodi Tyrrell; 13 grandchildren, Jessica, Steven, Jason, Sarah, Anne, Melanie, Aaron, Jimmy, Samantha, Timothy "TJ", Kevin, Rick and Angie; seven great-grandchildren, Emmerson, Caitlyn, Hailey, Amanda, Branden, Kaylin and Dylan; one sister, Della Cardinali of Sycamore; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; one son, Joseph; grandson, Adam; and one brother, Bob Tyrrell.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and ICU nurses at Kishwaukee Hospital for the loving care and compassion that was given to Donald.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with a memorial service starting at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made for Donald Tyrrell Sr. in care of Butala Funeral Home, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com
or call 815-895-2833.