Longtime Kenai resident, Mr. Kenneth Elmer Tyler, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
A memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, 381 Senior Court with a gathering to follow at the center.
Mr. Tyler was born April 1, 1924, to Elmer and Alberta (Wooster) Tyler in Oak Park, Ill. He graduated high school in Illinois and attended two years of community college. He served in the Marines in 1943 until he was honorably discharged. He played co-ed softball and was the oldest player in 1993. In 1986 he took fifth place in an open team bowling league. In 1989 he was on a power bowling league for the summer.
"He was an artist whose illustrations caught Walt Disney's Eye. He was set to go to work with them, but got drafted into the Marines in 1943. He spoke fluent Japanese. He was a dancer, who danced backup for Fred Astair. Kenny met Donna Marie Brayton at the Fox Theatre in Pasadena, CA, where they both worked. They were married on July 26, 1956. The loved to eat out with the movie stars. The movie stars included, Bob and Dorothy Hope, Gary Cooper, Bob Crosby (Bing's Brother) and Pat Boone," his family said. "Kenny always treated everyone the same regardless of their status in life. He had two Children in the same year, Melinda was born in March and Charlene in November 1965. He moved to Homer to be administrator of the Alaska Christian Home in July of 1969. He moved to North Kenai in 1974, where he worked at Collier's Chemical Plant. After he got divorced, he moved to Kenai in 1976. He worked at The Kenai Central High School until he retired. Kenneth was Bat Boy for the Peninsula Oilers for many years. He was an avid bowler and pool player. He was one of the first to move into the Kenai Senior Center and loved his life there."
Mr. Tyler was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Beatrice Lansing of California; daughters, Mindie C. Rose of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Charlene Cagle of Wasilla; former spouse, Donna Marie Brayton of Spokane Valley, Wash.; grandsons, Jonathan Larsen and his wife, Sheena of Lynnwood, Wash., Markalen Cagle of Wasilla, John Wayne Cagle of Wasilla, Hunter Cagle of Wasilla, Gunner Cagle of Wasilla, and Gator Cagle of Wasilla; granddaughters, Christabelle Larsen of Lynnwood, Joceyln Cagle of Wasilla, Tiffany Cagle of Wasilla, and Jessica Cagle of Wasilla; son in-law, Jerry Cagle of Wasilla; and niece Donna and her husband Glen Reavis of Portland.
Memorial donations may be made in Kenneth's name to The Key Bank in Kenai.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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