Rufus Tyler


Rufus Tyler
June 25, 1923 - July 17, 2011

Former Walla Walla Businessman Passes On: Rufus Lloyd Tyler, 88, of
Walla Walla died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at home surrounded by loving family. He was born June 25, 1923, in Attica, Ark., son of Rufus Black and Mary Ann (Hogan) Tyler. He married Shirley Ellen Blackmer on Aug. 26, 1940, in the LDS Temple, Salt Lake City. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2009. With great anticipation and rejoicing he has joined his Sweetheart.

Lloyd lived in Arizona after leaving Arkansas and later moved to Twin Falls, Idaho. He raised his family in Walla Walla and has resided there since 1954. He was the owner of State Hardware located on Main Street which later became "Tyler's." He sold toys, wallpaper, paint, skis, bikes, denim jeans and most anything that made children of all ages happier for coming in to see Lloyd. After retirement he and his wife served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dallas-Fort Worth.

He is survived by seven of his eight children: Jan Tyler of Salt Lake City, Anne (Tyler) and Bob Cloud of Santa Monica, Calif., Tim and Joan Tyler of Anchorage, Alaska, Trudy (Tyler) and Gary Barnes of Cedar Hills, Utah, Sue (Tyler) and Darryl Alder of Provo, Utah, Lloyd and Jennifer Tyler of Vancouver, Mary Beth (Tyler) and Joe Hoel of Milton-Freewater. The youngest daughter, Shauna Tyler, preceded him in death, as well as his parents; amd 11 siblings: Emmett, Thelma, Ada, Blanche, Edna, Velma, Leslie, Glenda, Mildred, Jewel, Lyman, (Ellen and Ethel, cousins who were also raised by his parents). Descendants include eight children and six spouses, 24 grandchildren and 19 spouses; 43 great-grandchildren and two spouses, totaling 102.

Deep gratitude and appreciation from the Lloyd Tyler family to: The loving support of many longtime friends; the Walla Walla Business Community and loyal patrons who worked with and supported Dad's passion, "The Store;" 911 responders, Howard Street Fire Department response teams; Jamie, Dad's barber, who gives the quickest cut in town!; VA, Dr. Michael Parnicky, John Hunot, and Medical Team 4, who treated Dad with dignity, as a valued person, and not just a number --who included Dad's family in their team so Dad could be supported with the best possible
in-home care; Dr. Michael Bernstein, who encouraged Dad to "keep breathing"; Tom Scribner, who was more than a lawyer - a longtime trusted friend; VA Palliative Hospice Care Team Coordinator Catherine Zimmerman, who really "heard" Dad; Walla Walla Community Hospice, "Our Angels in Action;" and most importantly, Dad's spiritual community; Bishop Paul Crowther, and Relief Society President Doretha
Frederickson, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Memorial service are Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at 10 a.m., 1821 S.
Second Ave., Walla Walla, LDS Chapel. Interment at Blue Mountain Cemetery.


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