Activist Robert Tyner dies at 98

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Activist Robert Tyner dies at 98

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A memorial service for Robert H. Tyner will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Durango, 2917 Aspen Drive. The Revs. Jeff Huber and Roger Haney will officiate. A joint burial will occur upon his wife’s death.
Tyner was born to Elizabeth Bradley (Banks) and George Henry Tyner Jr., on May 14, 1915, on a ranch in the Florida River Valley, about 12 miles east of Durango, which his grandfather settled in 1882.
As the oldest of two children, he assumed a lot of responsibility after his mother died when he was 14, according to his family. Through 10th grade, he rode horseback long distances to attend one- and two-room schools, including the Orr, Cottonwood and Oxford schools, before graduating from Durango High School in 1933.
During the Depression, Tyner worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, including helping to build Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
On July 27, 1940, he married Calla Mae Baird in Aztec. They would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary 11 days after his death.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son, James Henry Tyner.
Tyner is survived by his wife, Calla Mae Tyner of Durango; son Ronald S. Tyner of Durango; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eye & Ear Program of La Plata County, P.O. Box 121, Durango, CO 81302; or Cadence Therapeutic Riding, 120 County Road 236, Durango, CO 81301.

Activist Robert Tyner dies at 98

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