Charles "Charlie" Ray Tyler Sr., 76, of the South Auburn area of Meshoppen, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 24, 2013, at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, Wyalusing, where he had been a resident for the last year and half.
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He was born in Sayre on Feb. 3, 1937, a 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 this, he moved his family near Lawton, Pa., where they ran the Susquehanna County Home. Charlie and his family then moved in the 1970s to Canton, N.Y., where they owned and operated a restaurant. After moving back to the South Auburn area in the early 1980s and building a new home near the old family farmstead, he and his son, Tony, owned and operated AC Milk Hauling for more than 15 years, until his retirement. He then turned 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, Black Walnut, and the Franklin Lodge 263 F&AM Masonic Lodge, Laceyville. 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, Tunkhannock, and Tall Pines Golf Course, Friendsville. Throughout his entire life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing in the area and also made many trips to the western United States for hunting and to Canada for fishing trips.
In addition to 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.
He is survived by his three sons, Michael Ray and his wife, Lisa Tyler, Meshoppen, Anthony Paul Tyler, Meshoppen, and Charles Ray "CB" Jr. and his wife, Carisa Tyler, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Michael Jay and his wife, Courtney Tyler, Lawton, Anthony Ray and his wife, Love Tyler, South Auburn, Melinda Rose and her husband, Paul Schopperth, Montrose, Stephanie Marie Tyler and her husband, Pete Busha, Randolph, Vt., Bridget Lynn and her husband, Brian Kelly, Lawton, and Ava Rose Tyler and Tierney Hayden Tyler, both of Tunkhannock; nine and counting great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Tyler, N.C.; sister-in-law, Nancy Tyler, South Auburn; brother-in-law, Paul Crisman, Wyalusing; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, with the Rev. Mike Conroy of the Grace Fellowship Church, Tunkhannock, officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Masonic services will be held on Monday at 7:45 p.m. by members of the Franklin Lodge 263 F&AM. Graveside military services will be 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 VFW 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.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 25, 2013