Robert B. Tyler Jr.

Robert B. Tyler Jr. Bob passed away at home peacefully in the early morning hours of July 5th after 6 months of illness from cancer. He was 75 years old. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind and generous soul.

Bob was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the third child of Robert B. Tyler and Angela Crane. He spent his childhood in the St. Louis area attending St. Dismas grade school and St. Louis University High School. He excelled in his prestigious Jesuit boys high school where he was a 4-year member of the Science Club and Solality. He also ran track for 3 years. He graduated in 1964. He spent 3 years at St. Louis University before transferring to the University of Illinois in Urbana, graduating in 1969 with a major in Russian Studies. During college, he had an internship at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C, researching Russian science publications for the State Department. After graduating, he moved to Bloomfield, Indiana to attend graduate school at Indiana University. After one year, he decided that teaching was not his calling and he withdrew from the PhD program and moved to N.Y.C. to work for the Social Security Administration. He spent 5 years in Queens where he had an exciting and enriching experience. There he was introduced to the Sierra Club, going on many trips to the Adirondack Mountains, where he hiked, backpacked and cross country skied. He eventually became weary of the crowded conditions and poor air quality in the city and applied for a transfer west. He felt lucky when he was transferred to the Idaho Falls Social Security office where he worked until retirement. In Idaho Falls, Bob became active in Audubon Society, Idaho Alpine Club, and Nordic Ski Patrol, and where he made many lifelong friends. He was loved by all who knew him for his calm, intelligence, kindness, and love for the outdoors and wildlife. He will also be fondly remembered for his deep respect for others and his generous support of so many charitable organizations.

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