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James Henry Tyler, civil engineer

James “Jim” Henry Tyler, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Dewey Beach on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. He was born on October 16, 1937 in Albany, NY to James Leslie Tyler and Ruby (Rasey) Tyler.

Jim grew up in Salem, NY and graduated from Salem Washington Academy. He often returned to his hometown and looked forward to his 70th high school reunion the next year. He studied civil engineering and played football at Union College. He continued his studies with a degree from the University of Missouri. He loved his work and served as president of the Syracuse chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Jim continued to use his expertise in retirement and shortly after retiring from Delaware, he served as chairman of the Dewey Beach Infrastructure Committee until he resigned last year.

College opened up a life for Jim that he could not have imagined as a child. After college, his work took him to Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, and upstate New York. It was his time in Delaware that inspired him and his wife, Eleanor, to retire to Dewey Beach. Both enjoyed traveling and exploring all of North America and four other continents.

Jim always had a smile and a friendly greeting for everyone in everything he did. He was a high school football referee for over 25 years. Jim was an avid hunter, loved the outdoors, and even spent a summer as a fire lookout in Oregon’s Umatilla National Forest while in college. He was a member of the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club. To honor his father, Jim donated gallons of blood to the Red Cross throughout his life.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Eleanor (Meitch) Tyler, his children, Cynthia (Tyler) Millen and Edward James Tyler, and his beloved grandchildren, Ruby Millen, Lexa Millen, Gideon James Tyler and Lorelei Tyler.

Jim’s final act of service was to donate his body to medical research.

A private service will be held later this year.

To honor him, please donate to the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department or give a pint of blood.