Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM by Global Reach
Bill Tyner epitomizes a bygone era when 4-H, family, and county fairs were important to an individual, the family and the community. Bill’s mother, a 4-H leader for several years, may have been an inspiration to Bill as he was a nine year member of 4-H, graduating in 1940 and continuing with 4-H until 1941. From 1942 through 1945, Bill served his country in World War II.
Upon returning from the War, he married his wife Fran on March 17, 1946. Once again, 4-H played an important part in life for Bill and Fran. The two met at a 4-H achievement show when Fran exhibited her calf.
Bill was a leader of his former 4-H club for five years, served on the Fremont County Extension Council and the Youth Committee for 27 years; 13 of those years he served as chairman. Bill was given the Alumni Recognition Award in 1958, the Honorary 4-H Member Award in 1972 and the Meritorious Service Award in 1978. Bill was involved in many aspects of the community. He was a longtime member of the Summit United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Post. He was always honored to serve as a member of the American Legion Color Guard.
Bill and Fran were both quite involved with 4-H activities. Their son Richard and daughter Susan were also very active 4-H’ers. Bill and Fran acted as chaperones on various 4-H trips, assisted with Joint 4-H Annual meetings for several years, helped with the Fremont County Fair starting in 1955 and were very helpful with the Rodeo Dining Hall which started as a fundraiser in 1956 to help pay for the construction of Fair Buildings.
Sadly, Bill Tyner passed away April 29, 2008. Bill felt that, “4-H kids were fun to work with and couldn’t be beat because they had common sense and excellent work ethic.” Bill will be missed.