Gene Arlen Tyler
1934 - 2021
January 8, 1934
January 4, 2021

Gene Arlen Tyler

HOLMEN -- Gene Arlen Tyler, of Holmen passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family by his side. Gene was born on French Island, Jan. 8, 1934, to Leslie G. and Violet M. (Aiken) Tyler, as the second oldest of seven children. He graduated from Logan High School in 1951, and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 and was a Korean War veteran.

He married Betty Lou Nelson Livingston, June 29, 1956, at Olivet Lutheran Church and they were blessed with four children, during their 64 years of marriage.

Gene worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years and retired in 1989, as superintendent of Postal Operations.

Gene is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Kevin (Debbie) of La Crosse, Michael (Judy Rathke) of Holmen, and Lisa (John) Ebner of Brush Prairie, Wash.; grandchildren, Sarah, Nicole, Jacob, Mikayla, Ronlee and Joey; sisters, Dorothy Ritter and Linda (John) Wieczorik; brothers, Tom (Sherry), Milt (Marlene), and Paul (Elaine); sisters-in-law, Hazel Tyler, Linda (Bob) Kay and Bonnie Crogan. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, John and Evelyn Livingston; his brother, Leslie; his son, Nick; grandsons, Joe and Andy; and brothers-in-law, Jack Ritter and Mike Crogan.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, private services will be held and burial with military honors will follow. Memorials in Gene's name may be given to the Coulee Region Humane Society. Complete obituary and online guestbook is available at

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Published by Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services - La Crosse on Jan. 7, 2021.
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Betty and Family
Gene was the one who told me to take the test and get a job at the post office. That was one of the best tips of my life.
When I think of Gene and Betty I see them out on the floor dancing. You have no idea of how envious I was. You were a joy to behold.
Linda Schermerhorn
Linda Schermerhorn
January 12, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the Tyler family. I had many great memories with all the Tyler`s growing up. One of my best memories was seeing Jean work with my dad during the climbing season on the river, And many of the other family members throughout the 60s 70s and 80s. Thank you for the memories.
Jim Grabinski
January 9, 2021
Dear Betty, Kevin, Mike, Lisa & family,
We were saddened to hear about Gene’s passing. What wonderful memories you all must have of many happy & fun family times. Gene always seemed to have a smile on his face. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Harvey & Deone Geary
January 9, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the Tyler family. Sorry for your loss, Lisa and family.
Tammy Potaracke
January 9, 2021
My sympathy to the Tyler family. Gene hired me at the La Crosse Post Office in 1988. I was very grateful to get the job. He was kind and always acknowledged me. Good memories. Mike, Lisa and John, I'm so sorry for your loss. Peace to you all. Phyllis Haugland
Phylli Haugland
January 8, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. We have some great, fun memories with him and the family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan and Jean Hundt
January 8, 2021
The Tylers and Andersons were neighbors on French Island, when we were very young. That friendship has never been forgotten. Our sincerely sympathy to Betty and family. You are in our prayers.
Jo Ann Anderson-Gilberg
January 7, 2021
Gene blew my mind years ago when I was a kid on French Island. He had the first snowmobile I had ever seen with reverse I believe it was an Evinrude Skeeter. Seeing that sled backing out of its parking spot at Breezy Point Tavern was the coolest thing I had ever seen. RIP Gene.
Randy Davidson
January 7, 2021
Very sorry to hear of Gene´s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor and a man of great kindness.Our thoughts are with you all.
Nancy and Ed Pilmonas
January 7, 2021
After talking too Gene we figured out that he knew my Dad from French Island and the Post office. And I graduated with his Niece Kris. It's such a small world that we live in. Gene was one of the most respectfull and Polite Veteran. My Condolences to the Tyler family. Gene will be missed.
Laurie Smith
January 7, 2021
Our condolences to the Tyler family. May he rest in peace.
Fred and Cheryl Lanzel Family
January 7, 2021
Betty and family, our love and sympathy in Gene´s passing. His smile always lit up a room. May the memories sustain you.
Bruce and Lu Pertzsch
January 7, 2021
Tyler family, You have our deepest sympathy! May all the great memories help you through these sad days! Hugs! John & Julie Crogan
Julie Crogan
January 6, 2021