Leo A. Tyrrell, 86, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Woodlands at Meth Wick Community. Celebration of Life will be held on May 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Niobrara State Park in Niobrara, Nebraska.
Leo was born on December 24, 1932 to Owen and Sara (Graves) Tyrrell in Lincoln, Nebraska. He obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Nebraska. Leo proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Janice Menkens on September 6, 1958 in Clearwater, Nebraska. Leo worked at Rockwell Collins for 37 years as a Project Manager. He enjoyed traveling; especially on business trips. Leo was an avid collector of small tractors. His favorite food was ice cream and loved taking the kids to get an ice cream cone (or two).
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice of Cedar Rapids; children, Keith (Annette) Tyrrell of Spokane, WA; Pamela (Eric) Frank of Los Angeles, CA; Kevin (Susan) Tyrrell of Cedar Rapids; and Kimberly (Glenn) Carlson of Holland, OH; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; his last surviving sibling, Maryalice VonSeggern of Emerson, NE; and loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild; and 5 siblings.
We thank the staff at Meth~Wick for their care for Leo; which went above and beyond expectations. The small acts of kindness brought laughter and smiles. We want to thank them for the compassion and care which made all the difference.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or the Meth~Wick Community.