William "Willie B." Tyler

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William ""Willie B."" Tyler, 79, of Radcliff passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at University Hospital in Louisville.

He was born May 5, 1934, in Webster Springs, W.Va., and was a former student of Roosevelt-Wilson High School. He was the son of the late Isaac and Ollie Tyler.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict era, the Vietnam era and peacetime. He served in the U.S. Army from July 29, 1952, to July 30, 1972. He received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in August 1962 and also the Army Commendation Medal in January 1964. He was an avid pilot, car salesman and organized the first ""Willie B."" and The Kentucky Blue Boys in Germany 1966. That group performed for the military throughout Germany. He continued playing music until 1991. His memberships included American Legion No. 113 lifetime member, VFW Post No. 10281 lifetime member, originator and commander of AMVETS Post No. 113, Board of Directors Riasok Shrine Club and Motor Corps member Kosair Shrine Temple of Louisville, Scottish Rite of Louisville, active member of Camp Knox Lodge No. 919, Kentucky Colonel and a former Hardin County District A Constable.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Rheta Yvonne Tyler; three sisters, Lou Green Cascarelli, Betty Ewing and Thelma Tyler; and three brothers, Junior Earl Green, Leon Tyler and Raymond Veon Tyler.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Rebecca Tyler of Elizabethtown; three daughters, Veronica ""Ronnie"" Tyler and Pamela Kay Tyler, both of Radcliff, and Michele Tyler Mitchell-Bruner of Vine Grove; six grandchildren, Billy (Cori) Tyler and Kyle Tyler, both of Elizabethtown, Michael Tyler Easter of Lexington, Morgan Fitzsimmons of Radcliff, Tasha (Wes) Mitchell-Pickerrell of Elizabethtown, Candace Mitchell of Elizabethtown; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Reynette Murton of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Debbie (Barry) Cotton of Seffner, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Jack Adrian of West Union, W.Va.; a dear nephew, Bob (Willa Jean) Green of Stonewood, W.Va.; and very close friends Ed Carrico, Earl Cato and Phyllis Higdon.

The funeral, with military honors, is at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Veteran's Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff. There will be no visitation Friday.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Kosair Children's Hospital, Jean Henry Center AADD, 1633 N. Logsdon Parkway, Radcliff, KY 40160 or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1136, Elizabethtown, KY 42702.
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2072 S. Dixie Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
270-351-3172
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Nov. 20, 2013
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