Merl Henry Tyson
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Merl Henry Tyson
He was born Oct. 1, 1926, to Elmer D. and Cora (Mumaw) Tyson in Southwest, located between Wakarusa and Goshen.
On May 16, 1948, he married Gloria Louise Weaver at Holdeman Mennonite Church in Wakarusa. They were preparing to celebrate their 71st anniversary in several days when he passed into eternity.
Gloria survives along with one daughter, Joyce (James) Dreier, Goshen; and two sons, Ronald (Jan) Tyson, Kazakstan, and James (Cynthia) Tyson, Goshen. Merl and Gloria have 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Surviving are two sisters, Evelyn (Lawrence) Troyer and Vivian (Dale) Kaser, both of Goshen; brother, J. Herbert (Grace) Tyson, Sarasota, Florida; and sister-in-law, Esther (the late Harold) Tyson, Sarasota, Florida.
Merl was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Raymond Tyson and Harold Tyson; sister-in-law, Ruth (Raymond) Tyson; and grandson, Tyler Tyson.
Merl served in Civilian Public Service in World War II building a dam in South Dakota, fighting forest fires in California and working at a mental hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
After returning home and marrying Gloria, he had several factory jobs and joined his father-in-law in farming north of Wakarusa. After several years, Merl and Gloria bought their own farm east of Wakarusa. During this time he also worked several years for Lechlitner Plumbing and Heating and Garber Electric, where he began learning the HVAC trades which he studied and practiced for the remainder of his working years, ultimately gaining a master contractor license for the state of Indiana. His final employment was at Goshen College for 30 years as a working supervisor for the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical departments on campus.
Merl was a man of many skills, often using them to help other people and volunteer at church. He enjoyed teaching these skills to his children and grandchildren.
His hobbies included woodworking, playing games and going fishing with friends and family. He was especially known by his wife, extended family and friends for his love, patience and kindness. His unique humor was often revealed along with his quick smile and grin.
He was a lifelong member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. He served as trustee, usher and in other roles. He was known as a man of integrity, giving and faith.
Visitation will be at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, Friday, May 17, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, from 10-11 a.m. at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 C.R. 11, Goshen, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Wes Bontreger with burial afterward at Yellow Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church or an agency of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.rrefh.com
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