J.R. Tyson, 72

J.R. Tyson, 72, formerly of Wabash, died at 4:35 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bayfront Hospice Care Unit, St. Petersburg, Fla. He was born in Rochester, on May 20, 1941 to Byron and Florence Louise (Miller) Tyson, his mother survives.

He married Barbara Thrush on June 2, 1958 in Wabash, she survives. He is a retired building contractor. He attended the Liberty Baptist Church in Florida.

He is also survived by two sons Rick (Brenda)  Tyson, Wabash, and Chris (Carrie) Tyson, LaFontaine; a daughter, Lisa (Paul) Kellogg, Wilmore, Ky.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Haecker, Rick Tyson, Jessica Tyson, Cody Tyson, Jonathon Kellogg, and Jordan Kellogg; four great-grandchildren, Allie Haecker, Averi Haecker, Taylor Haecker, and Colin Tyson; brother, Charles (Muirel) Tyson, Wabash. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Tyson and two sisters, Miriam Bone and Margie Parrett.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor David Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Mississinewa Cemetery in Somerset.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2013 Aug 12