Tyler O’Neill Weisgram
January 13, 1980 ‒ September 14, 2017
Formerly of Oroville, California
Master Sergeant Tyler O’Neill Weisgram, age 37, of Delaware, Ohio, died Thursday, September 14, 2017, from injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident.
On January 13, 1980, Tyler was born in Paradise, California, the first born of David and Laura (Hunt) Weisgram. During his early childhood the family lived in Conrad, Montana. In 1988 they moved back to Oroville, California, where he started third grade, then graduated from Las Plumas High in 1998.
Tyler was proficient academically, athletically and musically. He placed 2nd at a Montana State AAU youth wrestling tournament in Billings, in 1987-88; he played Little League in Montana and California; performed in piano recitals eight years running; was Top Ten his 9th and 10th grades and lettered in sports. He excelled in football, collegiate and freestyle wrestling and baseball.
While a senior in high school, Tyler made the honorable choice to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He left for Basic Training April 7, 1999. He served for 15 years and 5 months, having been stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan, Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico and Aviano Air Base near Venice, Italy. Additionally, Tyler’s distinguished military career included deployments to Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.
During Tyler’s time in the Air Force, he earned a degree from the Community College of the Air Force in the field of Construction Technology. He served as a heavy equipment operator and was known as a member of the “Dirt Boyz”, able to translate blueprints, manage software systems and work crews; wherever Tyler went they relied upon him to handle the coordination and construction of airfield pavements, revetments, sub-grades and drainage systems. He truly was a leader and instrumental in the growth and development of countless Airmen. Many have said Tyler was “the best boss they ever had” and that they quickly entrusted their life to him. He always had a way of boosting morale.
While stationed in Japan, Tyler fell for another USAF Airman, Katrina (Katie) Herold, whom he married on August 4, 2003. He happily embraced being daddy to Katie’s daughter, Jaelynn. Tyler and Katie were blessed with identical twin daughters, Kylie and Andrea Weisgram. In addition to raising a young family, Tyler and Katie loved to hang out with fellow Airmen to play games, have dinner, go camping (Tyler loved using primitive techniques) and engage in conversations that would later become unforgettable. Tyler and Katie forged bonds with many military families that no time or distance will ever break.
In August of 2014, upon his retirement from the Air Force, Tyler and Katie moved to Delaware, Ohio. In the civilian workforce, Tyler was a lead journeyman for Vaughn Industries, based out of Carey, Ohio. He led crews of mixed trades while constructing commercial solar fields, providing guidance throughout the entire process of excavations, installation of underground utilities, control systems, solar modules, power generation equipment and electrical wiring.
Having a smile that lit up any room, Tyler was always the “life of the party.” He made friends within minutes; there were never strangers in Tyler’s space. He cherished every minute with his family and friends. He and Katie loved traveling the world together and sharing living history with their girls, taking in all the sights along the way.
Tyler will be greatly missed by his wife and children; his parents and two siblings: Tessa (Neal) Rash and Tanner (Erica) Weisgram and their families, all of northern Idaho; grandparents Donovan and Reta Rae Weisgram of Conrad, Montana; Ronald and Margaret Hunt of Oroville, California; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as friends from all over the world.
A Memorial honoring Tyler’s life and military service will commence in Oroville, California, October 14, 2017 at 11am, at Oroville Church of The Nazarene.
Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to have been chosen to serve Tyler’s family. Your sympathies and condolences may be shared by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.