The Rev. Tyra Talley 1922-2013

Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

The Rev. Tyra Talley 1922-2013

The Reverend Tyra Talley, Ed.D, died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Grand Village, Grand Rapids, Minn. Dr. Talley had been a resident in the rehab and memory care units at Grand Village since March 2012.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 6, at Lawron Presbyterian Church in rural Bovey, Minn.

Tyra was born March 18, 1922, in Lula, Okla., to Dee and Opal Talley. He was the eldest of eight children. The family lived for a time in Pasadena, Texas, until returning to rural Allen, Okla.

Tyra worked as a baker in a CCC camp. He met Janette at Ottawa Baptist University in 1941, and they were married March 12, 1943, at Brooklyn Baptist Temple, Brooklyn, New York City. He graduated that same day as a hospital corpsman from the US Maritime Service Hospital Corps School at the Sheepshead Bay Training Station, and they parted a week later after he received orders for New Orleans.

After the war, Tyra worked in Oklahoma and Kansas for Dunn & Bradstreet and Montgomery Ward. In 1952 Tyra was ordained in the Colfax Baptist Church in rural Chanute, Kan.

In his pastoral career he served Baptist and Presbyterian churches in Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, including at Miller, and he was director of the Central S.D. Mental Health Center in Huron, S.D.

Tyra received a Doctor of Education degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota. He was a licensed psychologist, and marriage and family therapist. One of Tyra’s particular honors was to participate in the International Symposium on Recent Developments in the MMPI in Mexico City, which reviewed the Spanish translation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). 

Following retirement, Tyra and Janette made their home in Grand Rapids, Minn. He fished his stretch of the river daily, and had a faithful, seasonal following of ducks and geese. Circumstances took them to Bismarck, N.D., rural Mandan, N.D., Lawrence Lake in Minnesota, Janesville, Wis., and Pewaukee, Wis., before they returned to the Grand Rapids area in 2012.

Tyra will be remembered as a preacher, pastor, poet, teacher, presbyter, psychologist, cowboy, Indian, hunter, fisherman, and extraordinary story-teller. His quick smile, sharp wit, gracious manner, lovely mind, and his patient love will be greatly missed.

Dr. Talley is survived by his four children: Mischelle Binder, Coleraine, Minn.; Dee (Kelly), Elm Grove, Wis.; Arlin (Carolyn), Bovey, Minn.; and Doug, St. Paul, Minn. (Chris Raso-Talley, Duluth, Minn.); eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janette Christensen Talley.