A service of celebration was held Saturday morning, Jan. 2 at the First Presbyterian Church for Mr. Tyree, 83, of Lebanon. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from TRW Ross Gear, he died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at University Medical Center.
Ken's first job was delivering groceries, by bicycle, from the family market. After graduating from Lebanon High School, he entered the Air Force where he served as a mechanic.
Mr. Tyree received his engineering degree from Tennessee Tech, became a manager for Highpoint Industries and later joined TRW where he finished his career.
After retirement, he loved being a part of the "Ross Gear Retirement Bunch" and its monthly meetings.
He was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church Choir sustaining the bass section.
He enjoyed caring for the wildlife that surrounded the home he shared with his wife of 57 years Jean. Hummingbirds and deer became pets. Peaches, a fawn, was especially adored.
Services were conducted by Rev. Sherard Edington. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
He is preceded in death by parents, Henry L. and Pauline Bass Tyree.
Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Jean Motlow Tyree; cousins Melody and Sven Stewman and their daughter Aleta (Eddie) Stewman and family.
Kenneth was a loving husband and a gracious friend to many.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Music Scholarship Fund.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.