Win Tyler, 84, of Lenox died July 2, 2013, at his home, after a battle with COPD.
Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox. Interment with military rites accorded by the Parkinson American Legion Post No. 250 will be in North Cemetery in Lenox. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. today with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, 124 S. Main St., Lenox. Memorials may be given in Win’s name. Online condolences may be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.
Eugene Winston “Win” Tyler, son of Gladys (Lamb) and Oscar Donald “Don” Tyler, was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Lenox.
Win spent his childhood in Lenox and graduated from high school in 1946.
Win graduated from the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy in 1950.
On Aug. 18, 1950, Win married Bonnie Jean Baskerville at the Congregational Church in Fonda.
Win and Bonnie made their home in Lenox for six months, before he was drafted into the service during the Korean War. He was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, at the 97th General Hospital where he worked as a pharmacist. They made their home in Frankfurt for 16 months.
After returning to the United States, Win went to work for his father in the pharmacy as the third-generation family pharmacist. Tyler Pharmacy was in the family for 133 years, having been started by his grandfather, Oscar Dewayne, in 1880.
Win was Lenox park and pool director for 35 years, 50-plus year member of the Lenox Rotary International Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He served 25 years on the golf board, was a 50-year member of the chamber of commerce and 53-year member of the Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees. He served on the school board for six years, was a lifetime member of the American Legion and treasurer of the local American Legion for 30 years and commander of Parkinson Post 250 for two years and 50-year member of VFW and the Elks.
Win was a lifelong member of the United Presbyterian Church, where he served as treasurer off and on for 25 years.
Win is survived by his wife Bonnie; children, Cheri (Tom) Seeton of Golden, Colo., Jennie Tyler of Des Moines and Rick (Maggie) Tyler of Iowa City; granddaughter Savannah and grandson Sean of Denver, Colo.; sister Judy (Dale) Eklund of Afton; brother Phil (Judy) Tyler of Creston; many nieces and nephews and other extended family, long-time friends and his pharmacy family.
Win was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, other relatives, several pets and many friends.