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James Duncan “J.D.” Tyler
1930 - 2021

J.D. Tyler, 91, of McLeansboro, went to be with the Lord at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. He was born February 13, 1930 in McLeansboro, the only son of James Monroe and Lurlin Gertrude (Duncan) Tyler.

J.D. was a friend to all and never met a stranger.  With a very kind heart he was full of life, enjoyed making people laugh, and always had a smile.  J.D. was a proud Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Air Force. J.D. married Vada Faye Mitchell in 1959 and was blessed by one daughter.  He married his second wife, Ruth Cullins Mitchell, in 1981 and was blessed by four stepchildren.  J.D. was preceded in death by both wives.

J.D. was a member of First Baptist Church in McLeansboro which his father helped build.  His career started as an X-Ray Technician at Hamilton Memorial Hospital as well as Assistant Administrator and Purchasing Agent.  J.D. later transferred to Pearce Hospital in Eldorado where he retired. He loved his job and taking care of people and rarely missed a day.  He and Ruth opened Southfork Antique Mall in 1984 and enjoyed a wonderful life together traveling and procuring antiques.  He was very proud to be a volunteer fireman for over 25 years. His hat is on display at the McCoy Memorial Library. Visiting the boys at the Barber Shop was a daily adventure in his later years. Always a story to tell.

J.D. is survived by his daughter Kimberly Tyler Tremmel (Ron) and grandsons Zachary and Logan Miller of whom he was very proud.  Stepchildren: Karen Goodwine, Donnelle Mitchell, Kent Mitchell, Krystal Donelson and their families; nieces, nephews, and a very dear, special friend Evalene Savage for the last 17 years; all of whom he loved very much.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters and brother-in-laws: Melba (Bud) Mertz, Ty (Bill) Turpin, and Doris (Warner) Anderson; nephew Lex Anderson.

Visitation will be held at Ten Mile Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 10:30 – 12:00. Services beginning at Noon with Pastor Jake Gray officiating. Private internment will be at Blooming Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro who is serving the family.

THE FAMILY OF MR. TYLER REQUESTS  THOSE ATTENDING THE VISITATION OR FUNERAL SERVICE AT THE CHURCH, PLEASE WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING AND THANK YOU