DONALD L. TYLER | NOV. 26, 1932 - SEPT. 30, 2013

Gary man was a role model

2013-11-03T22:39:00Z Gary man was a role modelCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent
November 03, 2013 10:39 pm  • 

People enjoyed a warm comfort zone when talking with Donald Tyler.

"He was a good role model and was easy to talk to," said his son Michael.

Another son, Donald Jr., said his dad always made people laugh and never lied to anyone, adding that he always did what he promised to do.

Donald L. Tyler, 80, of Gary, died Sept. 30.

He became the leader of Boy Scout Troop 101 in Aetna when two of his sons were scouts.

"All the boys (in the troop) did love him," said his wife of 57 years, Mary Tyler.

He had a gift of making people laugh by the way he would say or do something, said his daughter-in-law, Karen Tyler.

"He always had a positive attitude."

Tyler served four years with the U.S. Air Force in Korea and was a member of American Legion Post 100 in Lake Station, his wife said.

Mary Tyler chuckled in recalling that her husband was very particular. He refused to step outside unless his hair was neatly combed and he had no wrinkles in his clothing.

"He would not even take the garbage out if his hair was not combed," she recalled.

Another son, Kevin, said the family usually had up to 30 relatives over for Thanksgiving.

"At Christmas, he always had my favorite candy."

Mary Tyler noted that she teamed with her husband to make that candy.

Daughter Kim Tyler said he had a way of making everyone feel important and that he was always there for her.

"He was not just my dad, but my friend."

Another daughter, Karen Brooks, said her dad was a family man and that family came first.

"When they made him, they broke the mold," she said.

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