Leonard R. Tyler

AuGres, Michigan
January 21, 1941 - March 5, 2021


Tuesday from 6-8 pm and Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in AuGres, MI

Service Location

AuGres United Methodist Church


Funeral service at 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at the AuGres United Methodist Church

Obituary Notice

Leonard R. Tyler

Age 80, of AuGres, MI, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021 at his home. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 21, 1941 to the late Benjamin and Mona Tyler (nee Bell). Len grew up in Hickory Corners, MI and later attended Olivet College where he played football and earned his bachelor degree in education. He later received his master degree in education from Central Michigan University. Len has lived in the AuGres area since the 1960’s. He married the former Diane Rost on December 23, 1972 in Oscoda, MI. Len taught physical education and 7th and 8th grade mathematics at AuGres Schools for several years. He served as the district superintendent for six years until his retirement in 1993. Len was the storied football coach at AuGres High School for 28 years and was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame. He loved restoring corvettes and attending his granddaughters travel softball games. Len also enjoyed riding motorcycles, which included a trip on his bike to California with his dear friend Den Morgan. He was often found battling it out in heated card games with friends. Len also had many fond memories of the primitive camping trips to Canada with good friends and all of their children. He was a member of the AuGres United Methodist Church. Len is survived by his wife Diane, son Benjamin (Almira) Tyler of Kazakhstan, daughter Shannon (Sean) Robinson of Pinconning, MI and three grandchildren, Nola, Koblan and Yerulan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the AuGres United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 pm and Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in AuGres, MI. Memorials may be directed to the church and you may offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


AuGres United Methodist Church


I’m so sorry to hear about Mr Tyler’s passing. In my Senior year I was his assistant in gym class. Knowing how I hated math, he gave me the job of averaging grades!! I’m so glad I grew up in the 70’s with great teachers like Mr Tyler. He will be missed.
— Karen Belcher Fairbanks
Len and I worked together coaching football at Whittemore-Prescott. Prior to that we competed against each other, and I always had the greatest respect for the way Len treated others. It was an honor to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to the family.
— Arnie and Debbie Engster
Leonard and Lloyd shared an interest in cars, especially Corvettes. We kept in touch over the years but probably not enough. We praise God for his life and service, love of family and community. He will be missed. Until we meet again.
— Lloyd and Linda Waling
So sorry for your loss! Our memories of your family and the influence they had on ours is precious! Of course football at AuGres is a highlight in Bob's life as he remembers when Leonard came and the many times our lives touched each other in many areas. Our love and prayers continue for all of you!
— Bob and Kathy Freehling
Mr. Tyler was one of the best! He was a great teacher, football coach, and class advisor to many! May he Rest in Peace!
— Paula Pendred Kauffman
Coach Tyler bestowed an awesome work ethic in all of his players and students. He taught that hard work will pay off in the long run and he will surely be missed. I will say that he still lives through the lives he positively affected and this work ethic is still being passed down to our own children and students on a daily basis. Long live Coach Tyler!
— Brian Smith

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