Archive for Monday, September 20, 2010

Eudora man killed in construction accident

A Eudora man was killed while working on a construction site in Overland Park. The family is mourning the loss but remembering the man who could fix and do anything.

September 20, 2010


Theresa Tyree stands outside her husband’s garage in Eudora. James Tyree died in a construction accident Friday.

Theresa Tyree stands outside her husband’s garage in Eudora. James Tyree died in a construction accident Friday.

Theresa Tyree, Eudora, got a phone call no one ever wants to receive. On Friday afternoon, while at work, she learned her husband of more than 31 years was involved in an accident at a construction site.

“His boss, John Lindsey, called me and said there was an accident, there was a fall,” she said. “He didn’t know how bad it was at first.”

A short time later, she would learn two men were injured in that accident and her husband was killed.

James Tyree, 52, Eudora, died when scaffolding that he was working on collapsed. The accident happened at around 2 p.m. Friday at a middle school being built in Overland Park, in the Blue Valley school district.

Theresa Tyree said that her husband died doing what he loved.

“He could do anything; I don’t have my handyman anymore,” she said.

Sunday afternoon, Theresa pointed out pictures in a large collage, made in memory of her husband. At the center of the board was a piece of paper with her husband’s name on it, surrounded by pencil-drawn hearts. She said she made it for him when they were in school together.

“Over the years, I think I loved him more today than the day I married him,” she said.

Theresa said she enjoyed boating on Clinton Lake with her husband and driving to Lawrence twice a week for bowling leagues. James Tyree also enjoyed spending time in the oversized garage he built himself. Inside of the structure were his boat, a truck, countless tools, and his grandson’s toy car.

“He would park his car in there with Papa’s,” Theresa said.

James Tyree worked as a brick mason and foreman for Lindsey Masonry for more than 25 years. His father, Jack Tyree, said Sunday that he went to Overland Park to visit the place where his son died. He called his son’s death simply a tragic accident.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary’s Eudora Chapel. Burial will follow at Shawnee Mission Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Diabetes Association, sent in care of the mortuary.


LogicMan 7 years, 8 months ago

Always a huge loss, not only to the family but also to society, when we lose a skilled craftsman or general fix-it person. Our condolences.

gutenberg 7 years, 8 months ago

The legacy of Mr.Tyree's purposeful life lives on in all of the projects, large and small, that he completed during his life. Plan your work, work your plan. A place for everything and everything in it's place. Measure twice, cut once. Plumb, level, and square. This was the way that James built a life well lived. Our family mourns your loss.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 8 months ago

I went to school with his daughters and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of them and their family. This video really captures the love their mother has for their father and my heart aches for them. I didn't know their father but he seems like a genuinely good man. God bless all of them.

Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 8 months ago

Based on comments from a co-worker, this unfortunately was not an accident. Apparently Mr. Tyree noted several times that he felt the scaffolding was over-loaded, yet being the dutiful worker that he was he continued to do the work. It is extremely sad to hear when someone is taken before their time. It makes me very angry to hear that it was something that could have been prevented.

RIP Mr. Tyree and while it will be small consolation for your family, I do hope they collect everything they can from those who were neglient.

BruceWayne 7 years, 8 months ago

I doubt that spreading rumor and gossip really makes this family feel any better.

Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 8 months ago

Rumor & gossip?

You are correct that knowing this information won't make the family feel any better. I was just pointing out that this is a tragedy that could have been avoided. I only wish that Mr. Tyree had gone with his gut and refused to work in the conditions provided to him. As a loyal emloyee, he ignored his gut though. I hope others in the trades will be able to learn from this tragic lesson.

BruceWayne 7 years, 8 months ago

I guess I had a knee jerk reaction to the fact that 5 comments in someone would DARE to mention lawsuit. I found it to be in very poor taste.

Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 8 months ago

Non-apology accepted ;-)

That is of course why I mentioned it would be small consolation to the family. Unfortunately you can't really put the emphasis where it needs to be in that statement.

TrishaT 7 years, 8 months ago

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QuinnSutore 7 years, 8 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The still frame preview of the video on this article is heart wrenching. I can't imagine what she's going through, yet her face says it all.

Angela Heili 7 years, 8 months ago

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. It's so awful to hear of someone losing a loved one. I wish there was something we could do to ease your pain.

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