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This one is hard.... Nels Tyring, USMC retired, RIP
One of my best friends, in fact a man who in many ways was a surrogate father to me, passed away last night after a two year battle with his last enemy, cancer.

"I am not really scared, Walter," Nels Tyring said to me this summer, when I visited him for the last time. "This is just the next adventure. It is something I have to do."

Nels Tyring was a great man. He was a modern day Viking, a larger than life character who was so full of life that it is difficult to imagine him gone.

He served in Korea, where he met and eluded Mr. Death successfully at Chosin Reservoir. "I'm not afraid of death," he said. "Every day since Korea has been a bonus day." For years, when he spoke of it, he could only cry.

Once a Marine, always a Marine...Nels epitomized the traits of a successful Marine-- honesty, bravery, intelligence, organization and determination. In the many years I've known him, he let nothing stop him from doing what he wanted to do, whether it was to bicycle across Wisconsin for his 65th birthday, or sail as supercargo on the Beagle for his 70th, or to advance, unafraid, across the divide that separates the living from the dead.

Nels was for many years the conscience of ISA, the International Society of Automation, where he served as both a District and a Department Vice President. With his friends, who both preceded him in death, Ray Molloy and John McCamey, he successfully created a publications department for ISA that continues to be one of the best sources of information in the field of automation and controls.

Nels also was commonly considered to be the father of the profession of control system integration, and was one of the founders of the Control System Integrators Association, CSIA. It isn't every day that you get to be the founder of an entire profession. Nels was proud of that, and proud of the system integration business he has left in his daughter Linda's capable hands.

Nels was married to Joan for over 50 tumultuous but loving years, and is survived by Joan, his daughters and a whole passel of grandkids.

I'm running out of ways to say this. Nels was a mentor, a friend, and a terrific human being.

May God receive him with open arms.

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This is hard. I feel for you.

I'm sorry for your loss, it sounds like he was an outstanding guy, and the world is richer for his having been in it.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Thank you

Thank you for this beautifully written post, Walt. I am devastated that Nels is gone. He was a smart businessman, an excellent communicator, and a good friend. The last time I saw him was at Dick Morley's 2007 GeekFest. The last time I talked with him was a few weeks ago. He called just to chat. I didn't know it at the time (I suspect he did), but it was his goodbye. We didn't talk about work, just about life. Nels was amazing...Mr. No Regrets. He lived life to its fullest and encouraged his friends to do the same. I so wish I could see him again to get one more bear hug and tell him how much his friendship meant to me. My prayers and loving thoughts are with him and his family.

-- Shari Worthington

I hope he is enjoying his next adventure, and that you two will meet again so he can tell you about it.


::salutes the departed::

in this circle of life, beginnings and endings are always the hardest. but it sounds like he made the most of the in-between, and that's always a good thing.


Nels Tyring

Just over 2 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Nels Tyring through a mutual friend. There are a rare handful of people in this world who's life accomplishments and character leave them with nothing to prove. Nels was one of those people and while I barely had time to get to know him, it was immediately obvious that this was a unique individual. I envy those of you who had more time with him.

Jim McNamara

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