Melvin Houston Tyler

Melvin Houston Tyler

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.

6 Replies to “Melvin Houston Tyler”

  1. Rhonda, I just now came across this and I wanted to personally say ThankYou for All your kindness. I appreciate your Thoughts & Memories that You shared. 🙏💞

  2. Melvin was quite the machinist…. He taught me a lot about machining during our years together at Pantex… He also was a great Christan man… I’m a better person from knowing and working with him…RIP my friend. Prayers to the family.

  3. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure and God gives us the chance to smile on the memories we have, and I’m sure you have many. With love and deepest sympathy.

  4. My Special Daddy,
    You have been the most amazing Father! You taught me that it’s always better to laugh than cry. You loved with All that was in You.
    I have so many Amazing Memories of You that it’s impossible to try and think of a Favorite. One thing I can say for sure is that I Loved it when you would tell your jokes. You could definitely tell Jokes! 😂
    You would tell some stories as if they were the Absolute Truth!
    But I Always Know that You Loved Me when I didn’t know if anyone else did. I thank you for Always just being YOU!!!! 🥰
    I’m going to Miss You.
    Deb

  5. Larry, Debra, Regina: When my sister Judy called to say Uncle Melvin has passed, I thought about a reunion that was longed for with his precious wife, my Aunt Wanda. Some of my fondest memories of childhood were spent in Amarillo with our cousins. Our mother, Velta and Aunt Wanda were sisters, but more than that, they were best friends. Uncle Melvin was such a good man that loved his family more than anything. Rest in peace, Uncle Melvin.

  6. What a beautiful soul, and an amazing legacy you left us.
    I’m so proud to call you Pappaw. You were my favorite, oh how I loved you! We all loved you.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. Thank you for what you taught us through your example and choices. We will miss you.

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