Celebrating the life of James Kimball 'Kim" Tyler
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Kim Tyler died December 11, 2022, after a fierce, brief battle with brain cancer.
James Kimball Tyler was born September 19, 1950, in Northbrook, Illinois, the third child of Dudley and Alice Tyler. In June of 1957, the Tylers moved to Big Timber and started Two River Ranch. Kim grew up on the Boulder River working the ranch alongside his family. He went to Big Timber Grade School, graduated SGHS in 1968, then attended both Williams College and the University of Montana, Missoula before returning home to Big Timber to help run the ranch. For over 20 years, Kim was a familiar figure on the Boulder, driving his Honda Trail 90 in a blue Oxford shirt, khakis, and irrigating boots with Pete, his faithful Blue Heeler, riding shotgun.
Kim was an avid angler who started a guiding business with his brother Dude, in 1983, which they operated for 25 years.
In 2002, Kim met his miracle, Ann, and married her on May 21, 2006. Together they enjoyed travels under the Montana Big Sky and beyond, with the Oregon coast being one of their favorite destinations.
Kim loved Big Timber. No matter where he traveled he was always so glad to come back to the place he called home.
Kim is survived by his wife Ann; daughter Brannin; stepchildren: Kristopher, Jason (Emily), and Jennifer; grandchildren Silas, Bella, and Adaline; sister Kathy (Tom), brother Dude; nieces: Morgan (Dirk), Cary, and Maddy (Malcolm). He was preceded in death by his brother Paul and his parents, Dudley and Alice.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the Big TImber Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to either the Big TImber Food Bank or The Friends of the Library would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements by Stenberg Funeral Home.
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