Tyler was born in Tulsa, March 28, 1924, to Mary Willis (Billee) and E.T. Tennelly. He passed away on August 5, 2018 at the age of 94. After graduating from Tulsa Will Rogers High School, class of 1942, he began college at Texas A&M. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II with the 103rd Infantry Division. In December, 1944, he was hit by shell fragments from a mortar burst and was hospitalized for many weeks. He returned to his unit in February, 1945. They pushed through the Siegfried Line, crossed the Rhine River and ended up in Innsbruck, Austria to celebrate V-E Day. Tyler was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's badge, and the Bronze Star. After the war, he attended L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He studied there and enjoyed Paris until late 1946, when he returned home. He remained active in the U.S. Army Reserve until retiring in 1980 as a Colonel. He competed often in the Army Reserve Rifle team competitions and had an NRA classification as Master-high power rifle.
Tyler graduated from the School of Architecture at Oklahoma A&M College (now OSU), class of 1950. He met his lovely Wanda Sweatt in Stillwater; they were married in June of 1950. Through the years, he worked for many established architects in Tulsa but preferred being an independent consultant to having his own firm. He often worked two jobs to support his family but was always present for his daughters' school, sports, dance and other events. He retired in 1986 but continued to work part time on various commercial projects. In 1990, he became the first male docent at Philbrook Museum where he volunteered for eight years. He had many lifelong friends through his college fraternity, architecture, and Army colleagues.
Wanda became ill in the early '90s and Tyler reduced his workload to care for her. Wanda passed away in October of 1999. After that loss, he became more active at All Souls Unitarian Church enjoying his friends at Evening Alliance and attending services with other family members. He served as an usher for many memorial services.
Tyler is survived by Julie Tennelly Hunt (husband Gary Hunt) and by Laura Tennelly Freeman (husband Bruce Freeman). His grandchildren are Allie Feck Sequera of Houston and Nick Freeman and Charlie Freeman of Tulsa.
A memorial service will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa on August 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm.