Tyler Lynn Abercrombie, 78, of Boynton Beach, Florida, formerly of Delavan, Illinois, peacefully passed away on November 30, 2021 at his residence.
Tyler was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on August 23, 1943, to Merle & Betty (Phillips) Abercrombie. The family later moved to Red Bud, Illinois where he graduated high school before going back to “Cape” graduating with a bachelor’s in business from Southeast Missouri State University. While at SEMO, Tyler was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and would frequently go across the river to the Phillips family farm in McClure, Illinois to work and be with his grandparents whom he loved dearly.
After he graduated college, Tyler landed his first job at Big 4 Welder and Equipment in St. Louis, Missouri before finding his way to Illinois working at the Havana Power Plant in Havana, IL. Tyler always had that entrepreneurial spirit and in 1978 started his own business based in Delavan, Illinois, ESP Insulation that eventually was renamed Abercrombie Contractors. Abercrombie Contractors predominantly served the central Illinois region and could be identified serving his customers by the skunk on the back of his trucks with the phrase, “have spray will travel”. Tyler retired and closed his business in 2013 after 35 years of roofing, installing seamless gutters, insulating houses, soundproofing gymnasiums, and fire proofing buildings. Thank you to all former customers, we hope you were satisfied with the quality of work performed, this is something that Tyler took great pride in and constantly instilled this attitude in his family, friends and employees.
While living in St. Louis, Missouri Tyler met his wife, Christine (Richter). They were married July 1, 1972. Tyler and Christine resided for 47 years in Delavan, Illinois where they raised their children Michelle and Tyler until August 2021 when they sold the house that Tyler built with his friends. Tyler loved to show off his ideas and craftsmanship at the house, especially the bar in the basement and patio in the back yard overlooking the lake. Tyler loved grilling steaks while enjoying an iced-tea or beer after a hard day's work and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is survived by his wife Christine, daughter Michelle, son Tyler and his wife Karol, two grandsons Andrew and Thomas. He is also survived by his brother Bart (Theresa), brother in laws Paul Richter and Dennis Brownfield, Uncle Ken (Barb) Phillips, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tyler will be especially missed by his loyal companions Buddy and Lucy Ann who stayed by his side till the end.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Anna Cemetery. All those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the following organizations:
Lewy Body Dementia Associations - www.lbda.org
National MS Society - www.nationalmssociety.org