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MARCH 23, 1923 -- APRIL 15, 2005

Roderic S. Tyra died Friday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Mr. Tyra was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in Gauley Bridge, W.Va. He attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Oakridge, Tenn. From there he attended the University of Minnesota for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1942.

He was a member of the 365th Airdrome Squadron and took part in the Normandy and Northern France campaigns.

After his discharge in 1945, he returned to college and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in industrial relations. He was employed by Union Carbide in Niagara Falls in its mining and metals division for 36 years. When he retired in 1987, he was superintendent of industrial relations. He had lived in Lewiston since 1967.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Betty J. Johnson; three sons, Arthur E. of Las Vegas, Eric L. of Birmingham, Ala., and Timur J. of Jamestown; and six grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.


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