Jack Marshall Tyree
September 18, 1915 – May 27, 2020
Jack Marshall Tyree passed away peacefully Wednesday in the Louisville home he shared with his loving wife Helen until her death in 2014. He was 104. Recognized many times for his lifelong leadership and service to youth, he retired in 1975 as director of the Virginia 4-H program after a career in West Virginia and Virginia that saw membership expansion and the introduction of technology. Long after retirement, he continued to support 4-H as a consultant and donor. Born in Nuttleburg, W. Va. and raised in nearby Huntington and Lesage, he enrolled in 4-H at age 8 and helped manage the family dairy farm in his teens. After earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from West Virginia University and master’s of education from Cornell University, he became a 4-H agent in Upshur County, W. Va., and quickly established a reputation as an expert in camping. In 1940 he married Helen Stollings, and the two enjoyed 73 years of deeply loving marriage. They took pride in continuing to support character building through camping, and in 2017 Jack dedicated a footbridge named for both of them at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp in Weston, W. Va. During World War II, Jack Tyree won commendations from both the U.S. and Belgian government for his service with the Army 352nd Harbor Craft Company, which kept the Port of Antwerp operating during more than a year of continuous German bombardment. In the 1950s, the Tyrees moved to Blacksburg, Va., where Jack was recruited to join the 4-H program staff at Virginia Tech. He eventually directed the state program and received the Virginia 4-H Diamond Leadership Award, the state foundation’s highest honor. In 2002, he was named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame. After retirement, the Tyrees moved to Louisville, where they were beloved members of Springdale Presbyterian Church. In 2016, Jack joined fellow Louisville veterans on a Bluegrass Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit veteran monuments and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In all phases of his life, Jack Tyree was known for his strong character, his affable personality and his compassion for others. He is survived by a son, Milton Tyree and daughter-in-law Vicky Tingle Tyree of Louisville; daughter, Helen Anders and son-in-law, John Anders of Fort Worth, TX; granddaughters, Kaylyn Tyree of Louisville, Tyree Schwager of Arlington, TX and Miranda Andrews (Adam) of Norman, OK; great-grandchildren Aiden Andrews, Connor Schwager and Callie Schwager; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Linda Palmer and the caregivers of Assurance Health and Convalescent Care of Louisville for the excellent care that made it possible for him to stay in his home. A private service for Louisville family will be held at Springdale Presbyterian Church, 7812 Brownsboro Road, preceded by military honors, with interment at Louisville Memorial Gardens East. A public service and celebration of Jack’s life will be conducted at the church after gathering restrictions are no longer in place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make a donation to Bluegrass Honor Flight or Springdale Presbyterian Church.
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Jack Marshall Tyree
June 9, 2020
What a great contribution Jack made to the Virginia 4-H program. Thanks for giving us Milt, who I graduated with in High School. Much love to the entire family! Karen
Beth Simpson Huddleston
June 7, 2020
Jack Tyree and his beautiful wife were giants in the lives of so many youth in Virginia. When I look back on my years as a 4-Her, an All Star, and then as a 4-H leader, I am amazed at their influence and their support of so many young people. There were thousands of us; yet, Mr. Tyree knew scores of us by name. I remember a congratulations from him when I was tapped as an All Star and when I won the Ruth B and George T Huff Scholarship. My parents had so much respect for the Tyree's as they supported us in our endeavors to make the 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake a reality. To his family, I extend my sympathy and my gratitude to someone who always "made the best better." I have so many happy memories of this man, who never failed to greet us with a smile and with the knowledge that he was proud of us as Virginia's youth.
June 6, 2020
Sorry to hear of your loss. I only knew Jack for a few years when I first started as an Extension Agent in 1972. I served as a 4-H agent in Shenandoah County during his tenure. Jacks leadership of the 4-H program at that time was exemplary, particularly with the Virginia 4-H Camping Program. His was a life well lived and you must be proud of him and so fortunate to have had him for so long. In deepest Sympathy, Tim Etheredge
June 2, 2020
Jack and Helen were a lovely couple, Barb and I were with them on a FOSSIL dinner event. We sat together at the El Nopal Restaurant.. Jack and I ordered draft beer, large. When we were served, it was a giant mug of beer. Jack remarked that he did not order a pitcher of beer, only a glass. We all laughed
Another time Barb and I drove by the 4-H headquarters in Maryland. When we got back, I told Jack how we drove by the 4-H headquarters and how we drove around the structure several times and finally got out of the car so that we might look for his statue. That really made him laugh. You didn't find it, did you. That was his response. Just a great guy who loved to laugh!!
May 31, 2020
Milt, what a life contributor your dad was. We feel sure your grief is like ours when our fathers died (1994 at 83 & 2015 at 102)—immediate grief over what we had lost and not the forever grief over what we never had. Even now something will happen that triggers the thought, “I’ve got to tell Dad.” We hope Jack’s passing was gentle.
Charles & Mary Ann Brockwell
3907 Ashridge Dr. (1978-2018)
4205 Calgary Way (since 12/2018; a mile from 3907)
May 30, 2020
The way Mr. Tyree lived his life is an example we need more than ever in these days. I have been and will continue to be inspired by his life story. Sending great love to Milton and the rest of his family.