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Otto Tyler

Otto Tyler, 67, of Northwood, North Dakota died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center after a long battle with brain cancer.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church in Northwood with burial in McVille Cemetery, McVille, North Dakota.

Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm with a 6:30 pm, Prayer Service and one hour prior to services.

Otto U. Tyler was born March 22, 1941 in McVille, North Dakota the son of Otto and Myrtle (Gunderson) Tyler. He was raised in McVille and graduated from McVille High School in 1959. He then attended the University of North Dakota where he received his teaching degree in 1963. His first teaching position was in Oberon, North Dakota for one year and then taught at Border Central School for four years. In 1969 he began his teaching and coaching career at Northwood Public School in Northwood. Over the years he coached basketball, golf and football. In 1985 his football team won the North Dakota 9-Man Football Championship and he was also honored as the State 9-Man Coach of the Year. Otto retired from teaching in the spring of 1999. After his retirement he enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona.
He was an avid golfer and loved sports. He really enjoyed following the University of North Dakota sports programs throughout the year.

Otto is survived by his brother, Richard (Mary) Tyler of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; nephew, Marlowe Stenslie of Bullhead City, Arizona; nieces, Gerry (Darol) Harder of McVille, North Dakota, Terry Billings of Centralia, Washington, Marilee (Reggie) Kohlas of Rochester, Washington, Karin (James) Cartwright of Freemont, Wisconsin, Aimee (John) Sporney of Lakeville, Minnesota and Sara Tyler of Farmington, Minnesota; several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert Tyler and Sam Vestby; sisters, Stella (Albin) Stenslie and Gladys (Harvey) Billings; nephew, Greg Billings and great niece, Rachel Cartwright.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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He was a very good teacher and a very good golf coach when I was in highschool and a good friend

Kassie Jacobson Apr 6 2009 12:00 AM

Joe Evenstad Mar 28 2009 12:00 AM

To the Tyler family-- I have been searching for a way to figure out a way to get all of you a card or some way to connect with you. I know Dad felt so very sad about the loss of his cousin, even though he knew it would be more peaceful for Bobby. I always think fondly of family gatherings in McVille and talking and teasing with Dad's cousins. They were a fun group, and I miss them. May God bless all of you and keep you in his care. Love, Sarina

Sarina Johnson Mar 25 2009 12:00 AM

Tyler family you have our deepest sympathies. Coach was definitely a mentor to all of us. Whether in the classroom, PE class, or on the football field, or on the basketball court he demanded your attention, respect, and deserved every bit of it. He always treated us with respect, demanded we give our best, but always with his quiet and calming demeanor. I am sure that every day we all so something in some way that was learned from Coach Tyler. Again to the Tyler family, our thoughts and prayers are with you....and to Coach, Thank You and God Bless You.

Scott Woken Mar 22 2009 12:00 AM

Mr. Tyler will be missed by the Northwood community so much! He was my PE, Health, and Govt teacher. He used to get on me about my Dad being a lawyer and I should know all the answers. I know he has always been well respected and it's an honor to have known him. My Dad has spent many of the past years golfing with him since they've both been retired. I'm glad to know Mr. Tyler was able to spend time enjoying the things in life that he has loved doing. I look forward to visiting the new school in Northwood and seeing "Tyler Field" in it's completion next time I return to ND. God's Blessings to Mr. Tyler's family. Tyler will be missed by all.

Ericka (Johnson) Anderson Mar 21 2009 12:00 AM

Mr. Tyler was my teacher for Health and Government. He was also one of my Phy. Ed. teachers. He was very dedicated and will be missed very much.

Kristi Kragtorp Mar 20 2009 12:00 AM

John Korsmo Part 2 One day we came to practice and the Wing T playbook was gone. Needless to say, 22 dive was still burned into our memories and we switched back without a hitch. If you were still coaching, we still would have been running it down their throats-the same way you did when my dad played for you in 1972-if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If we were to poll a random sampling of 100 Trojan Football players from 1969-1999 asking them... What phrase sticks out to you most when you think "Trojan Football?" Between 99 and 100 of them would say "Mr. Tyler calling 22 Dive." How many people are there in this world that you know exactly where they stand at any given time? Opposing coaches knew 22 dive was coming, yet he still ran it. Won the State Championship with it. Good, conservative, hard working, Norwegian values is what that is! I am proud to have played for a guy like you. You were a class act, and a top notch, caring educator, motivator and coach. I am happy to know that you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and now your in heaven! That State Championship pales in comparison to eternity with Jesus Christ. I hope you understood the impact you made on a lot of men from our little town in ND. God Bless You, Mr. Tyler. -John Korsmo

John Korsmo Mar 20 2009 12:00 AM

I was just driving home from work and got a message from my mom giving me the news of Mr. Tyler's passing and my heart felt sick. Mr. Tyler, you had a profound impact on my life, you taught me golf which is still one of my passions, as well as many other subjects and sports. You were absolutely one of my favorites. One of my favorite memories... As it has been well documented, the offense that was run for the Northwood Trojans in 1969 {all based on 22 dive) was the same offense that was run in 1999-all except for one two week stint in 1998. The coaches decided to try to implement the "Wing T" offense. Without getting into too many details, it was incomprehensible for us to run this offense. After all, our fathers had run the exact same Trojan offense 25-30 years earlier that we were used to (22 dive, 31 second man through, 22 dive, fake the 31, 15 keeper). Basically, things just werent working with said new offense.

John Korsmo Mar 20 2009 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences go to the family. I wanted to let you all know that he was a wonderful coach and great example for my 1986 classmates & I was one of the cheerleaders for the 1985 boys football champions and I had a great time being part of the team and seeing coach Otto smile and have an opportunity to see the other side of his humor. He taught government class and I remember taking one of the final tests and got a couple of the questions wrong and he knew I knew the answere and he took me in front of the class and had to answer the questions and I got them all right and he shook his head and said "Tanya why are you so goofy, and the class roared and he gave me a 100." I will never forget my buddy OTTO. Tan

Tanya Vaughn Mar 20 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to your family. Mr Tyler was a great teacher (govt and social studies) and coach. I remember him fondly. It was fun to catch up to him at the golf course also. leah (class of 84 alumni)

leah knain erickson Mar 20 2009 12:00 AM

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