Richard Andrew Tygerson, 84, of Altus, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kincannon Funeral Home with Chaplain, Maj. Trent Davis officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Sweetwater. Cremation and memorial services are under the care of the Kincannon Funeral Home.
Mr. Tygerson was born on Oct. 2, 1928 to Andrew and Margaret Tygerson in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City. He served in the United States Army and then in the United States Air Force. He served during World War II and retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service in November 1967. Richard married Doris V. Reddick on Oct. 7, 1955 at McClelland Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. Mr. Tygerson was an accomplished harmonica player and instructor. He was musical director and instructor of the Gateway Harmonica Club of Greater St. Louis; member of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, the Pikes Peak Harpers and the Denver Mile High Harmonica Club. He also organized no-charge school concerts for grades K-6. He was a devoted husband and enjoyed working in his garden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; parents; and a brother, Alden.
Survivors include a daughter, Joanne Easterling of Olustee; three grandchildren, Carol Lee Hultz and husband Victor of Bogard, Mo., Jimmy M. Geigle of Altus, and Dennis Roy Easterling and wife Mary; five great-grandchildren, Rhonda, Jessica, James, Jake and Lane; and three great-great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jacob and Layne.
Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com