Sadly, Gary was able to beat one kind of cancer only to succumb to another.
Gary Luvern Tysdal, 64, died January 25, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Tysdal was born May 22, 1946 in Clarion, Iowa, to Anton "Tony" and Marjorie Tysdal of Eagle Grove, Iowa. He attended school in Eagle Grove graduating in 1964. He received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from Iowa State University and received the Senior Outstanding Musician of the year award.
He later enlisted in the Army in 1969 playing in the 5th Army Band in Chicago followed by the 8th Army Band in Seoul, Korea.
Tysdal returned to the states and took multiple science and genetic courses in graduate school. He worked on campus for several professors while he attended school and also at Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan as a counselor.
Tysdal moved to Colorado in 1977. He held a variety of jobs including manager of 7-11; quality engineer and inspector at Complex Tooling & Molding; metrologist at Nypro and ending with supplier quality engineering technician at Woodward Governor.
He enjoyed scenic drives and exploring around Colorado, trips to California, Hawaii and Japan. Tysdal also enjoyed all kinds of music and played in several musical groups including Musica Antiqua. He loved animals and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Tysdal is survived by his mother of Berthoud and a sister, Marsha Morgan of Fort Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Ole and Marie Tysdal, and Ernest and Emma Kell.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, at Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 North Lincoln Avenue, in Loveland.
(The Fort Morgan Times)