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Jerry Ray Tyler, age 78, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife of 32 years by his side. He was born at Thorn Grove, Arkansas to Harl and Ethel (Harley) Tyler on Nov. 28, 1940. He married Linda Marie Hill on May 16, 1987. Being the son of a share cropper the family moved from town to town around Corning, Arkansas and Jerry picked cotton from a young child through his teenage years. Around 1958 he moved to Michigan where Jerry had held several jobs before becoming a job setter at A.C. Spark Plug (General Motors) and retiring after 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and loved being outdoors or in the woods where he could be close to nature. One of his favorite things to do was picking morel mushrooms and it was very hard to beat him. He tried to keep his family and friends supplied with them.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of Falmouth, two daughters, Teresa Tyler and Janet Collins both of Davison. He has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Two brothers are surviving, Howard (Roberta) Tyler of Columbus, Ohio and Bradley Tyler of Harrisville, Michigan as well as his mother in law and father in law, Lloyd and Norma Hill of Falmouth, brothers in law and sisters in law, Mike (Cheryl) Hill of Falmouth and Steve (Mary) Hill of McBain. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was extremely proud of his grandson Brandon Tyler who is serving in the US Navy in Japan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son, Scott Tyler, and sisters, Betty Wade and Mary Tyler.
Burial will take place later in the Holland Township Cemetery East with graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be left at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com