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Frank Leonard Tyree Jr.

Frank L. Tyree Jr., 80, of Franklin, gentle, beloved patriarch of the Tyree clan, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 17, 2014, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Frank was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Pax, W.Va., a son of the late Frank and Tribly (Humphrey) Tyree.

He began a joyous union with Barbara (Mowell) Tyree on June 23, 1955, who survives.

Also surviving to mourn his passing are three children, Kimberly Tyree of Whiteland, and Jeff Tyree and Brad Tyree, both of Franklin; a brother, Dr. Larry (Lois) Tyree of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Elaine Powers of Round Rock, Texas; four grandchildren, Brian (Sandy) Tyree of Whiteland, Whitney (Aaron) Doty of Whiteland, Blake Ulrey Tyree of Greenwood and Grace Seibert of Franklin; and five great-grandchildren, Gage Tyree, Clayton Stephens, and Cooper, Layla and Lainey Doty.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; and a great-grandchild, Noah Tyree.

Frank was a graduate of Pax High School, where he was valedictorian of his class. He graduated cum laude from West Virginia Institute of Technology/West Virginia University.

His business career began in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Agriculture and General Accounting Office. He next served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, followed by a long career in the restaurant industry, KFC and Just-Rite, among several other ventures.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, where he served on the building committee and the finance committee. He also served as an usher at the church.

The Rev. Andy Kinsey will conduct a celebration of Frank’s life at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Mortgage Fund, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be made at flinnmaguire.net.

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