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James E. Tyler

James E. Tyler

June 25, 2020

James E. Tyler, 80, of the Chippewa County Town of Lafayette passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at his home.

He was born July 7, 1939, in River Falls, WI, the son of John and Irene (Kelly) Tyler.  He graduated from River Falls High School in the class of 1957 and went on to serve nine years in the U.S Army until the time of his Honorable discharge.  Jim married Sandra Mills on January 27, 1962, in Naples, Italy.  They lived seven years abroad in both Italy and Germany before coming back to the states.

Jim worked for several years for Wisconsin Bell (later AT & T).  He ultimately retired from Xcel Energy.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and hitting 7 of 7 on a hot keno machine.  Jim enjoyed traveling, camping, singing & playing his guitar, and being the ultimate jokester.  He loved being with his family and his beloved friends.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandra; two children, Pam Tyler, and Patrice (Steve) Anderson, both of Chippewa Falls; four grandchildren, Kevin (Kim) Tyler, Zach Tyler, Megan (Chubbs)  Kelly, and Benjamin Vavra; six great-grandchildren, Liam, Lincoln, Elijah, Peyton, and twins, Evan & Ellie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Guy Evan Tyler in 1999; his sister, Maryls (Tyler) Veenendall; and brother, Jack Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Dr., Altoona.  Memorial Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 2 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls, WI followed Memorial Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. with Fr. Gerald Harris celebrating the Mass. Interment will immediately follow mass at the church cemetery.


2-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Dr., Altoona.
ALSO, 10-11 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls, WI.


11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls, WI.

Florist Information

Foreign 5 (715) 723-6389 all flowers to be delivered by 11 am July1, 2020


  • Marcella Jorgenson I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I have known him for many years. My mother, Verna Mae, used to sew for his mother, Irene, and my grandfather, Orville, was a great friend of his as well. God be with his family.

    July 2 at 7:35pm

  • Sandy (DeMatteo) Laffan I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. I had the pleasure of working closely in the same department with him for over 13 years and then becoming close friends with his daughter. I have some wonderful memories of Jim - he truly made going to work fun every day. He loved to play pranks on me every chance he would get - which was often! He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by many! My thoughts and prayers are with Sandee, Pam and Patrice and all of the Tyler family.

    June 30 at 1:47pm

  • Mike and Shelley Early (Waco ) Sandy, Pam , Patrice, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

    You are blessed to have had Jim in your lives. Please know the Early Family will keep you all in our prayers.

    June 30 at 1:38pm

  • Jim Van Winkle Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I enjoyed many great times with him and of course received many inspiring talks from Jim as well. Please know Sandra and family that you are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. God Bless.

    June 30 at 11:24AM

  • Bob Richardson Sandy and family, you have our heartfelt condolences. Jim and I worked together for many years, and always managed to have a good time. We even had fun when we weren’t working, because he could always make me laugh. Our old guy breakfasts won’t be the same without him.

    June 29 at 9:00AM

  • Dick and Mary Carlson So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed working with Jim at Xcel energy. We both really enjoyed and will miss his phone calls. God bless all of you.

    June 28 at 7:41PM

  • Dan Linehan We wish to send our condolences. I had a nice chat with Jim in River Falls sometime ago. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

    June 28 at 7:41AM

  • Barbara Foster Sandee, Patrice and Nancy, my heart goes out to you all. The Foster family will miss Jim greatly. He was such fun. Mom and Dad and I loved when he and Sandee came to visit in Arizona and here in Eau Claire. He was so good about calling Dad at the Memory care center so often. Love to you all and God bless. Valarie, Barb, Steve, Kathy, Bob and Traci Foster

    June 27 at 12:29PM

  • Josephine Steltenpohl My condolences to Sandy and family. RIP Jim

    June 26 at 9:29PM

  • Slavsky family Pammy,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care of yourself,and your mom. Take one day at a time. Just enjoy all the memories you have of him. A big hug to you sorry I can't see you at this time.enjoy the new babies that came into your lives.believe in the lord in these hard times it will help. Your friends ,grace,denise,Michelle,jackie,john jr. slavsky. Call me and time.

    June 26 at 6:52PM

  • Janet Cudd I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing; he and Sandy were always one of our best friends.

    June 26 at 3:56PM

  • Janice Radzun I am so sorry prayers to the entire family love you all

    June 26 at 3:44PM

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