In memory of
William A. Tyson
William A. Tyson, 72, an amazingly strong, generous, caring, gentle man of Gardiner, died Oct. 13, 2016, in his sleep. He was born to Eldon James and Evelyn Leona (Bateson) Tyson on Nov. 30, 1943, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The family moved back to Gardiner when Bill was one and into the house on the river when he was five years old. This is where he lived for the rest of his life. Bill graduated from Gardiner High in 1961. From a young age Bill hiked, hunted and fished the Gardiner area. He served 4 years in the Navy from 1962 to 1966. He spent two of those years in Kodiak, Alaska, which he enjoyed as an avid outdoorsman. The other two years were spent in Vietnam. The day he returned home he met Marcia Giem. They were married Nov. 18, 1966. They had three children – Lance, Schalene, and Calvin. Bill attended Billings Business College in 1967 and then began his Park Service career in Yellowstone. He was involved with the Eagles Lodge, the American Legion, Hunters Education, and was a volunteer fireman. After 34 years he retired from the Park Service in 2001. For many years he also worked as a hunting outfitter. He enjoyed taking his family horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, and exploring the mountains. He loved sports and attended nearly all of his kids' football, volleyball, and basketball games. He continued following his grandkids in those sports as well as soccer and baseball. Bill was extremely proud of his grandchildren. A family gathering was held to celebrate Bill and Marcia's 50th Anniversary on Oct. 8. His family is grateful for this happy time they were able to spend with him. He was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn (1970), father Eldon (2000), and sister Betty McDonald (2004). He is survived by his wife, Marcia; his brother, Jim Tyson of Manhattan; his children and grandchildren, Lance (Nancy) Tyson, Seth and Nichole of Gardiner; Schalene (Geoff) Darr, Hayden (Anelia), Nolan, Jordan, and Sophia of Gardiner; Calvin (Alex) Tyson, Cade and Cooper of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. Per Bill's request no services will be held. Memorials may be directed to Gateway Fire and Ambulance, PO Box 307, Gardiner, MT 59030.
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