Joseph E. Tyler

Formerly of La Grande, 1931-2017

Joseph E. Tyler, 86, a former La Grande resident, died Oct. 20, 2017, at Salem.

A memorial Mass will be Friday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem.

Known as Joe, he was born June 30, 1931, at Klamath Falls. He was a fifth-generation Oregonian on both sides.

Joe graduated from La Grande High School then attended the University of Oregon. He graduated from OHSU Dental School in 1956. After post-graduate school military service and oral surgery training, he moved to Salem, where he practiced oral surgery for 39 years. Joe also taught part time at OHSU in the oral surgery department.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gregerson Tyler; five children; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.