LeCLAIRE — Herb was born 23 November 1930 in the then St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport, the son of Herbert F. Tyler and Okley G. Tyler. On 31 May 2013 he died of pancreatic cancer while in home hospice care. Herb was said to have a unique sense of humor — a statement acknowledged by some and appreciated by few. He attended local schools through 9th grade and then — of his own free will — attended Culver Military Academy. Thereafter he attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. Feeling some obligation and having misplaced his Canadian passport, he left college and was drafted into the Army. His accomplishments there included training as a rod-and-tape man — Artillery. Thence to a troop ship where somehow he was placed with no forewarning in Cook’s and Baker’s School at Etajima, the former Japanese Annapolis. On his next troop ship he was selected as a clerk typist — supply tent — Hdq. Battery 45th Division Artillery, South Korea. Displeasing his command sergeant, he was transferred to the motorpool and became a truck driver-lubricator. At this point he had accumulated enough points to transfer home. Due to a coincidence he arrived one day after a cut-off date and was “good-conducted” out in 18 months instead of the usual 24 months, very much to the relief of the entire chain of command. He achieved the rank of Corporal!
Back in “mufti” (that’s civilian clothes), he did some architectural design and later some light landscaping from the Kimberly Barn which he owned. He built two homes in LeClaire, one of which is the stone “quarry house” on the cliff overlooking the lake north of LeClaire. Herb was one of the founding members of Rejuvenate Davenport, an organization which stimulated the revitalization of downtown Davenport in the late 1980s and 1990s. In addition he was committed to historic preservation, including the renovation of the Bishop’s House Inn in Davenport, which is now part of St. Ambrose University.
Herb married Mary Ann Berger and they had 3 beautiful daughters. After Herb and Mary Ann divorced, he was most fortunate to find his loving partner, Nancy Chapman, whose many skills include concealing her greater intelligence and “smarts.” (She’s a better driver, too.)
He also collected art, most of which he donated to the now Culver Academy through the Herbert F. Tyler Bequest. Other than his family he considered this gift as the finest thing he had done.
Over the years he had contributed to many charities and individuals, often anonymously. His favorites in alphabetical order are:
The Culver Academies
The Hawkeye Wrestling Club
And the Scott County Family Y.
In lieu of flowers, any consideration to the above would be as welcome as surprising.
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His immediate survivors are daughters, Jennifer Ann Tyler (Jamie Blackburn), Joann Elena “Mimi” Tyler, and Amy Elizabeth (John) Telleen; his granddaughter, Loring (“Lolly”) Telleen; and his loving partner, Nancy Chapman.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, JoAnn, and a half brother, Donald Marsh Tyler of Oklahoma.
Herb expressed special thanks to Dr. Berg and the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Genesis Home Hospice and the friends who supported him with good wishes and letters.
There will be a celebration of Herb’s life on Monday, June 10, at Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport with a family greeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and a memorial service at 6 p.m. There will be a private family burial of the cremains.
This obituary was composed by Herb and completed by his family.
Online condolences may be expressed to Herb’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.