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Howard Tyberg

June 19, 1927-Sept. 20, 2008

Howard E. Tyberg, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, after a long struggle with cancer.

Howard E. Tyberg was born to August and Effylen (Mickelson) Tyberg on June 19, 1927 in Elbow Lake, Minn. He graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1945. Howard enlisted in the U.S. Navy while in high school, and was stationed at Great Lakes, Ill., during World War II. He graduated from Mankato (Minn.) State University in 1950, with degrees in math and industrial education.

On Sept. 15, 1951 Howard married Lorraine Jacobson in Elbow Lake. From 1950-52, Howard farmed and was employed by Erickson Furniture and Funeral Home in Elbow Lake. From 1952-63 he taught math and industrial education at Long Prairie (Minn.) High School. While in Long Prairie he was a Boy Scout leader, and was a charter member of the Lion's Club and Toastmasters.

In 1960, Howard received his master's degree from Mankato State University and continued to further his education at Kent State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. From 1963-86, he taught industrial education at Detroit Lakes High School, and from 1968-75 taught summer session for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State University.

Howard retired from the classroom in 1986, and continued as a master craftsman, designing and building cabinets and furniture. He enjoyed his shop until ill health forced him to retire at age 80. In 1971 and 1973, he was honored by the "Leaders of American Secondary Education."

Howard taught the first Adult Education class in Detroit Lakes, adult woodworking, which he continued to teach for 25 years. He was on a committee of four that went to St. Paul to argue for a vocational-technical college in Detroit Lakes. Howard was an active member of the district and state industrial technology associations, First Lutheran Church, Helping Hands, retired teachers, Friday afternoon coffee club, the American Legion and Ultra Snowmobile Club, which he helped organize. He was an active snowmobiler for 40 years, and was recently recognized by the Department Of Natural Resources for 30 years of service as a snowmobile safety instructor.

Howard will be remembered for his strong work ethic, story telling and his willingness to help others.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Tyberg of Detroit Lakes; a son, Gary (Jade) Tyberg of Alpharetta, Ga.; a daughter, Beth Ann (Deryk) Funkhouser of Burnsville, Minn.; five grandchildren; and one step-grandson; his brother, Sheldon (Mildred) Tyberg of Elbow Lake; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Howard's parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 at the church with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson and Rev. Wade Dutton officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Lake Region Honor Guard.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting Howard's family with arrangements. Online guest registration is available at the Web site,