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Timothy "Tim" McCoy Tyler

Tim Tyler, age 77, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016, at his home with his family by his side, following a lengthy illness. Traditional Indian Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 25th at 10:00 AM at Shoshone Episcopal Mission at Ft. Washakie with Darrell Hutchinson and Justin Vold officiating. A Wake will be held Wednesday, February 24th at the Shoshone Episcopal Mission beginning at 6:00 PM. Interment will be in the Sacajawea Cemetery. [image: Inline image 1] He was born April 26, 1938, in Ft. Washakie the son of the late Charles Adam Tyler and Esther Ute Tyler. Tim was a well known and respected member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. He was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. His Indian Name was Black Bear, given to him by John Trehero. He was a fluent speaker of the Shoshone language. He attended schools at Ft. Washakie, Lander and graduated from high school at Haskell Indian Boarding School in Lawrence, KS. He was raised with old traditional values, to respect others, and practiced and valued his Spiritual Native American religion. He served on the Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee. In his younger years he participated in the Sundance, learning his traditional ways from his step-grandfather and mentor. On December 8, 1961, he married Ula Washington Tyler. Tim and Ula know the true meaning of for better or worse and in sickness and in health, they were married for 54 years and had five children. He was always willing to help anyone in need, he had a heart of gold, his favorite bird was a Meadowlark. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on vehicles, yard work and took a lot of pride in taking care of his home and family. He was a loyal Denver Bronco's fan, and he enjoyed listening to the games on his favorite radio station 1330 KOVE. He enjoyed traveling and going to the casinos. He was employed with the Shoshone weatherization program and the Shoshone and Arapahoe Head Start Program as a maintenance man and custodian. He retired after 34 years of service. He is survived by wife; Ula Tyler, granddaughter Laureen "Tee Wee" Tyler, great granddaughters; Carmen "Deer" Tyler, Rebecca "Bear" Tyler and Maria Tyler of Ft. Washakie, son; Emmanuel Seth Tyler of Yuma, AZ, sister; Genevie LuJan of Cheyenne and numerous nieces and nephews and families of Tyler, Snow, LuJan, Ute, Moon and Tassitsie. He was preceded in death by parents, grandparents; Debra Songutsie and Pebowa Ute, step grandfather John Treherro, daughters; Adrian Tyler, sons; Nathaniel, Louis and Vernon Tyler, brother; John Tyler, sister; Amelia Tyler and niece; Iris Snow. Services provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home. #county10 #obits