Joseph E. Tyler, DMD
June 30, 1931 - October 20, 2017
Dr. Joseph Edward Tyler, a 5th generation Oregonian on both parent’s sides, died on Friday, October 20th, 2017. Joe was born June 30, 1931 in Klamath Falls, OR. He attended Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls until he transferred to Klamath Union High School beginning his freshman year.
Joe moved with his parents, Ray Burt Tyler and Mary Francis Heriza, to Union, OR when his dad bought a small saw mill. He transferred to high school in La Grande, OR, boarding with family and friends until his graduation in 1949.
Joe received a small scholarship to attend the University of Oregon. He then began his lifelong love of the Oregon Ducks when he started studying pre-med in Eugene. While there, Joe was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity where he, “had a good time.”
Joe attended University of Oregon Dental School after two and a half years of college at the University of Oregon. While a senior in Dental School, Joe was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Senior Dental Program. He had various part-time jobs while in dental school before graduating on June 7, 1956. On June 9, 1956, Joe married Ruth Margaret Gregerson from Boise, Idaho.
On June 11, 1956, Joseph E. Tyler, DMD reported to duty at the Portland Air Base. In July 1956, Joe and Ruth moved to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Children James and Lizabeth were born in Cheyenne.
After 3 years, Joe and his family moved to Philadelphia, PA. where he attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine. He attended a one year didactic program for oral surgery and then moved to Atlanta, GA. for his residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Daughter Jean was born in Atlanta.
In 1962, the Tyler family moved to Salem, OR to begin a practice in oral surgery with Dr. Robert Siddoway. Daughter Melanie and son Andrew were born in Salem. This closed the chapter of his life in which his wife and all of his children were all born in U.S. capital cities.
Joe practiced part-time for 39 years at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of Oral Surgery. He also belonged to the Capital Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, with perfect attendance.
He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church for 50 years and served as president of the Parent’s Club, the School Board and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Joe also belonged to the American Cancer Society for several years where he attended chapter meetings. He was a member of the YMCA for 48 years where he played handball and racquetball.
He was a member of the American Dental Association and the Oregon Dental Association. He served as president of the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Dental Society, was a member and president of the Oregon Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Joe enjoyed gardening vegetables, dahlias and roses. He loved sports: snow skiing, fishing and especially Oregon Duck Football. He also made frequent trips to eastern Oregon hunting pheasants and water fowl. He especially enjoyed his family’s Labrador Retrievers.
In 1998, Joe semi-retired from his full time private practice. In 2004, he retired from teaching at the Dental School.
Joe is survived by his wife, Ruth; five children: James Tyler of Chico, CA., Lizabeth Tyler of Portland, OR., Jean (Jim) Southworth of Salem, OR., Melanie (Bill) Kanz of Woodinville, WA. and Andy (Milagra) Tyler of Eugene, OR; ten grandchildren: Sarah (Michael) Burns, Tyler Norton; Zachary (Sarah), Annie and Taylor (Anna) Southworth; Cooper, Suzanne and Jacob Kanz; and Sam and Mason Tyler; 4 great grandchildren: Jessica, Theo and Remy Southworth and Henry Burns.
The family wishes to thank Willamette Valley Hospice: Dr. Cook, Jessica, Phil, Robin, Erin, Cindy and Steve as well as family home care givers: Barbara, Maria, Christine, Ruth Anne, Anita, Ehnis and Monica for their love and care of Joe over the past 3 years.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial Mass will be held 11:00am Friday, November 3, 2017 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church (4227 Lone Oak Rd. SE). Internment will be at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Queen of Peace Catholic School http://qpschool.org/ (4227 Lone Oak Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302) or the Marion–Polk Food Share https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/ (1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301-0374). Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.