Carl E. Tyger


Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Longtime Sterling resident Carl E. Tyger died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling with his wife at his side. He was 80.

At his request, there will be no service, and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Mr. Tyger was born June 5, 1924, in DuBois, Pa. After high school, he worked for B and 0 Railroad until he entered the Army Air Forces (AAF) in April 1943, serving until February 1946. His military training was at Keesler Field, Miss., and at Willow Run in Ypsilanti, Mich., as an airplane mechanic on B-24s. He was then stationed at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, where he met his wife, Charlotte. They were married Nov. 24, 1944.

After the war, Mr. Tyger became a journeyman carpenter in Boise. In 1948, he moved to a mine in Stibnite, Idaho, to build houses for the Bradly Mining Co. When the construction was completed, he became an apprentice millwright and welder at the mine. In 1955, the mine closed and became a ghost town, so he returned to carpentry and general contractor work until 1967, when he and his wife moved to Kenai, where he was resident agent for Kenai Packers Salmon Cannery. In 1985, he retired and built their Sterling home.

"Emotions did not come easily to Carl. He was of powerful intelligence, rapid grasp and prodigious memory. Carl was honest and courageous and constantly strived to improve his overall knowledge and skills through self-study and dedication. He will be remembered for the high quality of his work and keen wit of his mind. Had he no faults, he would not have been human. It is suffice to say he was human," his family said. "Now our beloved husband, father and grandfather is dead. He did not believe in a hereafter. Still he will remain with us in memory forever."

Mr. Tyger was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte; son and his wife, Gary and Rose Tyger; daughter and her husband, Karen and Victor Halfon; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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