Charles 'Charlie' Ray Tyler Sr., 76, of the South Auburn area of Meshoppen, passed away at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, in Wyalusing on Wednesday morning, Apr. 24, 2013. Charlie had been a resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care Home for the last year and half.
He was born in Sayre, PA. on Feb. 3, 1937, the son of the late Ralph and Evelyn Purdy Tyler.
Growing up in South Auburn, Charlie was a member of the graduating class of 1954, from the Meshoppen High School. For many years, Charlie and his family owned and operated a dairy farm in South Auburn. After which, he moved his family near Lawton, where they ran the Susquehanna County Home. Charlie and his family then moved to Canton, NY, during the 1970's, where they owned and operated a restaurant. When moving back to the South Auburn area in the early 1980's, and building a new home, near the old family farmstead, he and his son, Tony, owned and operated AC Milk Hauling, for over fifteen years, until his retirement and then, turning the business over to his son.
Charlie served his country stateside, with the U.S. Air Force, from February 1955, until December 1958.
Being a true homeboy of South Auburn, Charlie, attended the South Auburn United Methodist Church. He attended and helped at many functions at the South Auburn Grange # 1188. Charlie was a member of the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion, of Black Walnut, PA., and the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM Masonic Lodge, of Laceyville, PA. He was also a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club, and the Meshoppen Men's Club. For the last few years, he was an avid golfer. Charlie had memberships, and belonged to golf leagues, at Shadowbrook and Stone Hedge Golf Courses in Tunkhannock; Tall Pines Golf Course, in Friendsville. His entire life he enjoyed hunting and fishing in the area and also made many trips to the Western United States hunting, and to Canada, on fishing trips.
He is survived by his three sons, Michael Ray and his wife Lisa Tyler, of Meshoppen, Anthony Paul Tyler of Meshoppen, and Charles Ray "CB" and his wife Carisa Tyler Jr., of Tunkhannock; his grandchildren, Michael Jay and his wife Courtney Tyler of Lawton, Anthony Ray and his wife Love Tyler of South Auburn, Melinda Rose and her husband Paul Schopperth of Montrose, Stephanie Marie Tyler and her husband Pete Busha, of Randolph, Vt., Bridget Lynn and her husband Brian Kelly, of Lawton, Ava Rose Tyler and Tierney Hayden Tyler, both of Tunkhannock; and his nine and counting great-grandchildren. Charlie is also survived by his brother, Richard Tyler of North Carolina; a sister in law, Nancy Tyler, of South Auburn; and a brother in law, Paul Crisman, of Wyalusing; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Isabelle Condor, and Nancy Crisman; and four brothers, Carlton Tyler, Lester Tyler, Levi Tyler, and Cyrus Tyler.
Funeral services were held on April 30 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Mike Conroy, of the Grace Fellowship Church in Tunkhannock, officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Masonic Services were held on Monday evening by the members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM. Graveside Military Services at the Jersey Hill Cemetery, by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains V.F.W
. Post #3583.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the South Auburn Grange # 1188, C/O Mrs. Nellie Benninger, 191 Sharkey Lane, Meshoppen, PA 18630.