Ronald "Duke" B. Tyler

January 12, 2024

Ronald "Duke" Tyler Obituary

Ronald B. “Duke” Tyler of Middletown joined his beloved wife, Helen, in heaven on Friday, January 12, 2024. He was 94.

“Ronnie” was born in Norfolk, Virginia, where he first learned to ride horses while working in the fields with his father. His parents, Otto and Clarice, moved their family to Middletown, Delaware, when he was still young. He was raised in Newark after their passing where he went to school earning the name, “The Duke”, because he was quite a fancy dresser. He graduated from Newark High School in 1948, where he met his sweetheart of 77 years, Helen Esther Morgan.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Duke returned to Newark to marry Helen and learn the ‘family business’, becoming an electric lineman for the City of Newark. That experience led him to a 30-year career at Chrysler, from where he retired the 3rd Shift Maintenance Supervisor in 1983. He was just 53 years old.

He loved life, could make or fix anything, and would try anything at least once. He drove across the country with his pals on his way to becoming a soldier and raced his car in the street on his way to a reputation. He bow-hunted with his buddies and competed in archery with his wife. He rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his club and with his Girl. He was cooool like Snoopy, and steady like Charlie Brown.

Though his interests were vast, Duke never strayed too far from his heart’s goal of owning a horse farm and raising horses. He brought his first horses home to his family on Paper Mill Road in 1965, and moved them to Glasgow in 1969, founding Tyloria Acres, a 10-acre farm in the middle of a residential neighborhood where they stayed for more than 25 years. “Mr. T”, as he was known in the horse world, became one of the region’s most respected horse trainers while stretching across many genres of equestrianism. He took his horses and his family from the trail to the fox hunting field, and from the cattle-cutting arena to the national show arena. He taught horses to pull sulkies on a track, jump fences in a cross-country field, race around barrels at a rodeo, and slide to a dramatic stop in a reining arena at the Delaware State Fair.

Ronald was the last living among seven siblings and preceded in death by his wife of 72 years. He is the inspiration of pride in the Tyler name to surviving daughters Sharon Payne (John), Clarice Anne Daly (Bob), Denise Griffin (Michael), and Leslie Myers (Mark); beloved nephew Jerry Tyler (MaryAnn); granddaughters Audra Geneva, Morgan “Duke” and Brynne Williams; great grandchildren Trevor, Brooke, and Victoria Geneva; and tons of nieces and nephews, grand and great, including Lawson Duke and Sloan Tyler.

Please visit with his family this Saturday, January 20th from 10-11:00 am at Beeson Funeral Home of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 am at Beeson Funeral Home, with a reception immediately following at Reach Church, 2880 Summit Bridge Road, Bear, DE 19701. Interment will be private at Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE at a later date.

Sincere gratitude on the family's behalf should be offered to Compassionate Care Hospice and Kimberly's Private Companion Service from whom Duke received respect, encouragement, and true adoration. He will be forever remembered by Lauren, Latonya, Chaplin Bob, Esther, Thelma, Pamela, and Jane.  

Memorial contributions may be offered to Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark, where Duke and Helen were married, worshipped, and raised their daughters, at 308 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE 19711; or to Reach Church, where they worshipped and have been supported in prayer and service.

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January 20, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Beeson Funeral Home
2053 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE 19702

Funeral Service
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
Beeson Funeral Home
2053 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE 19702


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