Our Lord and Savior called Carlos Tyas of Van Wert home at 9:44 AM on Sunday, November 22, 2020. He was born in Paulding County on April 29, 1940 to Norris and Ethyl (Taylor) Tyas, who taught him the value of hard work and honesty.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Landrum and brother-in-law, Max Kreischer.
He is survived by sisters, Shirley Kochenaur of Indiana and Janet Kreischer of Van Wert; his lifelong childhood sweetheart, Betty Tyas of Van Wert; son, Doug Tyas of Van Wert; daughters: Cheryl Von (Kelly) Stripe of Defiance and Angie (Scott) Bebout of Van Wert; grandchildren: Jamey (Sonya) Stripe, Samantha Stripe (Alex Tiffany), Alyssa Bebout and Jaxon (Morgan) Bebout; great grandchildren: Donovan, Dexter and Penelope Stripe; Addisyn Gottschalic, Avaeah Mezuk, Meredith and Waylon Bebout. He also leaves behind his loving nieces, nephews, good and loyal friends and neighbors.
Carlos was a student of Blue Creek High School and served three years in the United States Army-RA-TC of the 144th Ord. Co (Ammo). Upon leaving the service, he was employed by Fort Wayne Wholesales, Aeroquip and Van Wert County Sheriff's Department, where he was a sergeant, arms qualifier, sharp shooter and a court officer. He also worked at Coopers Farms in Van Wert until his death.
Carlos was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5803, the American Legion Post 178 and Amvets. He was a NASCAR spectator, a fox news enthusiast and a Sudoku extraordinaire. Carlos enjoyed dancing and listening to "real" country music. Always willing to give a helping hand, he was known to open his door to a few who needed a place to stay.
He was a simple man who was quick witted and a no-nonsense kind of guy. Carlos described himself as a Dutch-Scots-Irish and Yankee. He often was amazed at God's grace and the "9" lives that were granted him. If he could have spoken to us he would have described this last illness as a "rough" one.
Carlos was blessed with a caring family and friends which he enjoyed spending time with, whether it was riding shotgun to the doctor's, trips to the Creamery, a hot meal, or to just sit a spell and visit. Lady luck always seemed to be on his side.
A public graveside service will be at 11:30 AM of Friday, November 27, 2020 at Taylor Cemetery following a private funeral service, which will be livestreamed shortly after 11:00 AM, with Pastor Chris Farmer officiating. Casket Honor Guard, 21-gun salute and Pallbearers will be rendered by the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office.
Family and friends are invited to attend Carlos' graveside service. However, we continue to be cautious and concerned for our most vulnerable friends and loved ones. We request attendee's respect the well-being of the family, friends and the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office. Attendees are required to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings.
In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of giving, the family requests to honor their father by donating to the Van Wert Humane Society or to Disabled American Veterans.
To share in Carlos' online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearahrt.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.