Melvin Houston Tyler, 88, of Amarillo, TX died February 28, 2020.
Memorial services will be at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Melvin was born in Tishomingo, OK on May 9, 1931 to Alfred Houston and Bertie Jane Tyler.
Melvin married his childhood sweetheart, Wanda, on April 21, 1952 in Carrizozo, NM. They were married for 53 wonderful years.
Melvin served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Anchorage, AK. He worked from 1957 to 1993 as an Engineering Tech at Pantex in Amarillo, TX. His passion was auto mechanics. If it was broken, he could fix it. After retirement, Melvin enjoyed restoring antique tractors, fishing, traveling, and square dancing. Melvin had a passion for life and lived life to its fullest.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda J. Tyler; one granddaughter, Amy Mabery; parents; four sisters, Vernice Montgomery, Margie Melton, Phylis Smith, and Lenda Pellham; and two brothers, Elvis and Christopher Tyler.
Survivors include his son, Larry Houston Tyler and wife Nora, of Amarillo, TX; two daughters, Debra Cairns and husband Phil, of Amarillo, TX, and Regina Nordquist and husband Jim, of Paris, TX; two sisters, Ethyl McGinty, of Redding, CA, and Melodean Mitchell, of Amarillo, TX; one brother, Walter Tyler and wife Terry Tyler, of Redding, CA; five grandchildren, Jennifer Kelley and husband Chris, of Amarillo, TX, Jerrod Houston Tyler, of Vancouver, WA, Joshua Cairns, of Amarillo, TX, Brice Nordquist and wife Abby, of Syracuse, NY, and Chase Nordquist and wife Jami, of Rockwall, TX; nine great-grandchildren, Laural Kelley, Jason Kelley, Jenna Kelley, Alizabeth and Alexia Mabery, Jordan and Juliet Cairns, and Kate and Sam Nordquist; and one very special friend, Phyllis Eads.