Charles Tyler |

Charles Tyler

Charles Robert “Bob” Tyler passed away peacefully at his home in Grass Valley on May 25, 2013, with family by his side. He was 84.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Grass Valley.

Bob was born on Jan. 5, 1929, in Lakeport, Calif., to Lucien and Lema Tyler and was raised in Cloverdale, Calif. He was proud to be a third generation native of Cloverdale with three succeeding generations also living in the Cloverdale area. In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betsy” Clark, while he was stationed at March Air Force Base in 1951. They were married on Dec. 30, 1951, in Hemet, Calif. After completing his military service and his degree at San Jose State University, Bob went to work with CalTrans in 1956 where he remained until his retirement as a senior right-of-way agent in 1992. Shortly after retiring, he began designing and building his home in Grass Valley, which he and Betsy moved into in 1996.

Bob loved maintaining and doing chores on the property he cleared by hand and built on and was also a serious Civil War buff, reading many books and magazines on the subject. He was very involved with delivering food for the Interfaith Food Ministry and was also active in the Sierra Presbyterian Church. He was a proud member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and was a regular fixture at several coffee and breakfast establishments in the Grass Valley area, where he enjoyed many conversations with other regulars.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betsy; son, Jim Tyler (Sheila) of Encinitas, Calif; daughters Patti Kreutzer (Bob) of San Diego, Calif., and Colleen Tyler of Cloverdale, Calif.; granddaughters Stephanie Tower (Chris) of Rohnert Park, Calif., Stacy Kreutzer of San Diego, Calif., Hilary Jones (fiancé Chris Bingham) of Redding, Calif., and Kelly Tyler of Encinitas, Calif.; grandsons Ian Jones (fiancé Kelsey) of Cloverdale, Calif., and David Kreutzer of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandsons Kagen Jones and Dylan Jones of Cloverdale, Calif. and Milo Tower of Rohnert Park, Calif.; and sister, Laurie Yarbrough (Lloyd) of Ukiah, Calif..

He was predeceased by his brother, Darald.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Interfaith Food Ministry in Grass Valley or the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

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