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Gerald Tyler

November 13, 1949 — November 29, 2019

Gerald "Gerry" Tyler, 70, formerly of Chillicothe, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 at Beacon Pointe in Portage, Michigan.

He was born November 13, 1949 in Peoria, IL, the son of Wayne "Butch" Tyler and Ruth (Heitzman-Tyler) Vonk. He married the love of his life, Mary Jeanne (Gaskins) Tyler, on July 18, 1970 in Chillicothe, IL. Mary preceded him in death March 14, 2014. Gerry retired from Caterpillar after 34 years of service where he displayed a knack for solving problems. He truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, flipping houses on nights and weekends, indulging in his sweet tooth, and spending time with his family singing and whistling his favorite songs.

His three children, Mark (Wendy Frey) Tyler of Kalamazoo, MI, Sharon (Thomas) Root of Blaine, MN, Erin (Robert) Olson of Falls Church, VA, and two granddaughters Maya and Brenna Root will forever cherish Gerry's life. Gerry and Mary's infant son, Robert Wayne Tyler, born in 1971, preceded them in death. Also surviving are his siblings, Neil Vonk, Nancy Kaelin, Anita Ward, Christina (Tebben) Grafelman, Alan (Luann Morelock) Vonk, Lisa (Jeff) Bessler, as well as a host of other friends and family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10am at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Rev. Edward Dutton will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery in Edelstein, IL. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Gerry's memorials website may be viewed at


DEC 6. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home

Funeral Service

DEC 7. 10:00 AM (CST)

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home
1107 North Fourth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523

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