Steven E. Tyer

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Steven Earl Tyer, 66, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a courageous battle with heart disease. He was born June 14, 1955, at Galesburg, Ill., to Leo Earl and Jeanne Audrey (Pople) Tyer.

 

He graduated from West High School, Iowa City, in 1973. Steve was united in marriage to Debra Anne Nortmann on Dec. 28, 1973. Two children were born to this union, Tyson and Alyssa. 

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1974. Upon completion of service, the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. In 1979, the family moved to North Liberty, where they resided until the children were grown. In 1998, the couple moved near Volga, where Steve rebuilt a 1915 farmhouse on an acreage.

 

Steve was a lifelong ceramic tile setter and was considered by most to be a Master Tile Setter.

 

He was an avid outdoorsman his entire life, enjoying deer bow hunting and fishing of any kind. His joys were his children and grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deb, and his children, Tyson (Kelly) Tyer of Elkader and Alyssa (Ben) Detert of Berkeley Springs, W.V.; four grandchildren, Trevor and John Pagels and Hailey and Logan Sharpe; sisters, Wendy (Tim) Rea, Sherri Archuleta and Kim (Don) Millsap, all of Colorado; several nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Chris (Pete) McAlllister, Carole Robertson and Laurie Smathers (Rob Journey); and pets, Ozzie, Babe and Arthur.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Rich Archuleta and Dallas Robertson; and a lifelong friend, Mike Russell.

 

Visitation was April 20, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elkader.

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