In Memory of

Tyrus "Ty" Raymond Fideler

April 11, 1929 - January 22, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Tyrus "Ty" Raymond Fideler

Tyrus "Ty" Raymond Fideler

Born: April 11, 1929
Died: January 22, 2019
Age: 89

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A memorial fund has been established by the family with the Spencer Family YMCA.  More information can be found at  To make a donation, check or money order may be mailed to:
Spencer Family YMCA
P.O. Box 212
Spencer, IA  51301

Tyrus Raymond Fideler was born April 11, 1929, in Remsen, IA, the son of Sylvester and Clothilda Nothem Fideler.


     Always early and with an innate love of family, he convinced his parents to let him enroll in first grade at the age of four because all of his older cousins were starting. He attended and graduated from Remsen St. Mary’s Catholic School, received his undergraduate degree from Westmar College in LeMars and his DDS degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1953. He made a (bowling ball) mark in Iowa City at the Delta Sig house, waited tables at the Kappa house, took care of the boiler at the Newman Catholic Center and cheered on the Hawkeyes with popcorn, Frank Sinatra and the “Champagne of Bottled Beer”, Miller High Life, at The Airliner.


     Post college he immediately was drafted and served as a dentist in the Korean War. Ty’s paternal nature was already shining as he took in a young Korean boy named Kim whose family had been killed in the conflict and continued to support Kim long after Ty returned to the U.S. The war spurred a lifelong interest in the TV show MASH.


     After the war Ty moved to Spencer, IA where he created his dental practice. His younger brother, Mike, also a dentist, soon joined the practice where they worked side by side for over 40 years on Grand Avenue.


     Ty was at the Club Debonair in LeMars on February 9, 1957 and asked a cute young gal named Joan Clark from Sioux City to dance. Once he took Joan’s hand he never let it go. They married soon thereafter and started their life together in Spencer. They formed a dear group of friends whom they danced with at LaDanza on Saturday nights, played in bridge clubs, bowling leagues, four-ball eightsome golf nights, cocktail parties, down-hill ski clubs taking train trips to Aspen, golf trips with his buddies and more. 


     Ty and Joan had five children: Jeff, Kim, John, Clark and Cathy. They journeyed together to ballparks, amusement parks, the YMCA, Okoboji, ISU and Iowa football games, skiing in Colorado and even an appearance on the TV show Family Feud (although not victorious they were able to spend time with their California cousins, the Weidenfelds, which was a huge win!). He was happy that most of these experiences also included the Wards, Clarks, Mike Fidelers, Moronys, other family and/or friends, and was thrilled (even though he sometimes said yee-gads) when the rooms of 1917 West 11th were filled to the brim.


     Ty picked up a golf club at the age of 25 and played as often as he could. In 1971 he built a home for his family (with dear friend John Galvin as architect) on the new golf course in Spencer between the 3rd and 7th tee boxes so he could easily play a few holes after work, most often with his son, Clark, his friend, Norm Vandehaar or his brother Mike. He had FOUR holes-in-one (one on a par 4!), a driver for a man twice as tall and arguably the fastest golf cart on the course.


     Ty fathered five children but was a “dad” to countless others. He was consistent in everything, mostly his resolute love of God and his Catholic faith, his daily rosary, family and making time to be with the people he loved. He was humble, funny, wise and gentle. He led by example and now we are counting on him to continue to gently guide us with his unwavering encouragement from heaven. 


    Ty had a stroke on January 15th, 2019 and was surrounded by family at Sioux Fall’s Sanford Hospital & Ava’s Hospice House for lots of stories, laughter, tears and cheers before he went to heaven on January 22, 2019. Proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Darlene and her husband, Jim Morony; brother- and sister-in-law Bob and Mary Clark; brother-in-law Smilin’ Dave Brownley; brother-in-law John Weidenfeld; nephew Tom Wiedenfeld; nephew-in-law John Schulte and grandnephew Clark Schulte. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of more than 60 adventure-filled years, Joan; children Jeff, Kim & husband Kevin Robinson, John, Clark, and Sheba (Cathy) & husband Darren Ennis; grandchildren Jay, Kyle and Lauren Robinson; Jake and Jordan Fideler; Michael, Madeleine and Gabrielle Pope.


     We love you, Tyrone.

Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:43 AM
“Dear Joan and Family,
We are saddened to hear of your loss! He was a great guy, always sincerely interested in others and always a loyal supporter of you and your adventures. He will be greatly missed...”
- Robert and Lynn Swan
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:36 PM
“My heart goes out the entire teller family he was a good man always are you a friend as did the rest of the family my heart goes out to you again”
- Billy Brennan
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3:59 PM
“Sheba, I was saddened to learn of the passing of your father. My heartfelt sympathy to you, your mother, Darren, and your family. May your faith and Gods Grace help sustain you all during this difficult time ! ”
- Darwin Ennis
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM
“Dear Fideler Family, Please accept my condolences for your loss. The remembrances you shared above are a very sweet tribute. May his light be your light and may his spark for life be with you always. Sending you strength and love at this time and always.”
- Elli Ansari
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM
“Youchuys are in my prayers and thoughts.”
- Brelon Weathersby
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM
“Joan, Jeff, John, Kim, Clark, and Cathy,
My sincere condolences to all of the Fideler family at the loss of an amazing man, father, and humanitarian. Ty met everyone he met with a smile and a witty remark. It is with admiration that I got to witness the wonderful life Ty made for each of you. He left his mark on this world in the same way he will remain in your hearts forever. Please know that his incredible love and light with be around you always. With Kindness, Jean Noonan Landsverk”
- Jean Noonan Landsverk
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:42 AM
“To our dear neighbors and friends, Joan and family, we are so sorry to hear of Ty's death. He will be missed.”
- Rindsig Family
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:59 AM
“A Gentleman. Kind funny and full of life. It was a joy to know him.
May the Lord fill your hearts with love peace and serenity. Much love to all. ”
- Tamra Lindahl (Dave and Shirley Clark)
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 5:58 PM
“Kim and family, So sorry for your great loss. Your dad was such a gentleman, and so very welcoming (along with your mom) whenever all of us girls would hang out at your house in high school. Sending you hugs and love,”
- Deb (Cotton) Lanners
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:34 PM
“I wanted to express condolences to Joan and all the Fideler kids. It was such an honor to live across the street from you all back in Spencer , such awesome childhood memories of all the fun we had together in our neighborhood . I admired your father for his beautiful Catholic faith and coming to Sacred Heart School morning mass. Such a role model to us youngsters through the years, rosary in hand, starting the morning with his kids. Blessed to know you all. With sincere sympathy from the Paskach family . ”
- Carol ( Paskach ) Bockhaus
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12:43 PM
“Joan and Family -I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers.”
- Barbara Nielsen
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11:26 AM
“We are very sorry for your loss. Ty was a great man and he was always a true pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. ”
- Sam and Alison Sustarich
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 9:36 AM
“I’m so sorry I. cant be there to honor Ty and your family. I have the fondest memories of your family, extended family and our neighborhood. Ty was a kind and gracious person and a treasured friend to my parents. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending love and prayers. ❤️ Molly”
- Molly (Peters) Oitzman
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:29 PM
“My first thoughts about my Uncle Ty are his laughter, kindness and beauty. Respectful, fun, he was a dedicated Dad and compassionate Uncle. He was also a supportive brother to our mom, Edna Mae and I remember fondly watching Ty and my mom dance at family celebrations. He had the ability to make each of his nieces and nephews feel special. I hope he meets Ty Cobb in heaven.”
- Kathryn Wiedenfeld Smith
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:29 PM
“ My deepest condolences to the entire Fideler family. So very sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories you share bring you comfort in the days ahead. His greatest legacy is all of you. ”
- Julie (Culshaw) Ingvall
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 1:27 PM
“Remembering all the fun times at (Porter) family reunions. Love you precious cousin Joan & family!”
- B. Kae (Annear) Betts, Cleo Betts, Bonnie & Steve
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“My condolences - Joan and Kids. Your Husband and Father was a great man!”
- David Blink
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“Dear Aunt Joan and Fideler Cousins, We are sending thoughts and prayers to you all and wish we could be with you this week. Ty was one of a kind and I feel blessed to have had him as an Uncle. Happy and engaging, he took the time to ask questions and really listen to your answers. He was a real gentleman and so handsome-all of his years! We were very lucky to grow up around the corner from each other’s families and carry on traditions. He will be missed by many. Love you all.”
- Debra Fideler Williams
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
I was saddened to hear about your dad, it is never easy losing a parent. May loving memories help to ease your families pain at this difficult time.”
- Michelle Hummel Young
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to you Joan and to the entire wonderful family! What fond memories we have.As we are in Bucerias we will not be able to celebrate Ty’s life but our prayers are with you.”
- Sandra and Jerry Wilmot
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“Thinking of you at this time of loss and may the memories of family and friends sustain you. Blessings,”
- Sue Biederman
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:28 AM
“My warmest sympathies to Joan and the Family. Some of my fondest memories growing up in Spencer was time spent at the Fideler houses and spending time with all of you. Ty had a warm smile, a gentle demeanor and his faith set a wonderful example for everyone who knew him. He made quite an impression on a young boy who attended daily masses at Sacred Heart School. The Galvin family's thoughts and prayers are with the Fideler family.”
- Chris Galvin
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 4:29 PM
“So sorry to hear of Ty's passing. Love and prayers for all the family. I remember lots of laughs with Dad's(Dave Annear) side of the family!”
- Robin Annear Drake
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM
“- Sending sympathies to all of Ty’s family. He was such a warm soul. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you are consoled by all the love around you. ”
- Michelle deLeon & Dave Hughes
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:06 PM
“Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Ty. We have many fond memories of the Porter reunions and the cousin stories shared with us of Joan, Judy and Dad (David Annear).
- Becky Annear Collins
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:41 AM
“Joan and family,
We were saddened to read of your loss of such a loved one. We send our prayers and sincere sympathies to your fine family.”
- Bill and Judy Carmichael
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:41 AM
“For all of us who knew Ty there will be a void in our lives that is impossible to fill. I will find comfort in reflecting upon all the stories and great memories we have of Tyrone. Ty was the kindest of men, handsome debonair and impeccably dressed when the occasion called for it. He was the epitome of a family man. His love for Joan and all the “fids”was undying. Tyrone was always so kind to me; always making me feel like family. Every time I saw Ty he would thank me for taking care of Sheba aka Cathy, not realizeing that Cathy had been taking care of Me and that NIx Nook Darren for well over 30 years. As I remember Tyrone I will have a smile on my face and warmth in my Heart. His love of god
has certainly guaranteed him immediate access to Heaven with VIP status! Cheers to you Tyrone!”
- Billy Beson
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“Thinking of you with love, Fideler family.”
- Ann Krzmarzick
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:14 AM
“Aunt Joan and my cousins — my condolences! While he may have had the fastest golf cart on the course he would always be safe and slow when he would drive me to my golf ball and I never had to walk more than 2 inches. His kind heart will forever make us better. Love you all!”
- Michele Fideler Adams
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:43 PM
“My most sincerest condolences to the entire Fideler clan/family. I have known most of you for close to 30 years and know how special of a person Ty was. I feel lucky to have attended so many great family social gatherings at Clark's home over the years which allowed me to get to know Ty (as well as the rest of the family) While possessing such a great sense of humor, he was also such an intelligent person who could talk about almost anything and be able to relate to anyone. There was something very calming about having Ty around. I know that you all have so many great memories that will help get you through this difficult time. ”
- Bruce J Braverman
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:43 PM
“So sorry for your loss, he truly was one of kind and will be missed.”
- Joe Zenkovich
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM
“My deepest sympathies go out to this wonderful family !”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:45 AM
“Our prayers are with you at this time and even though we only had met Ty a few times, what a wonderful and spirited man of God. His life was filled with family, friends and adventures. Dads are that way and provide numerous opportunities and memories that will last forever. Ty is now in a better place and one that we all look forward to. He will always be in your hearts.”
- The Wojack Family
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:45 AM
“We send our sympathy to Ty's family at this time! He was a wonderful man and a great dentist!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:11 AM
“Kim, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
- Sherry Tuttle Donnahoo
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:11 AM
“So sorry to hear about Ty - condolences and prayers.”
- Mike Durst
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:22 PM
“Dear Joan and family, my heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you over the loss of Dr. Ty. I was Dr. Ty’s dential assistant back in 1974. A great guy to work for. ”
- Betty (Carlson) Johnson
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:17 PM
“Praying for your family, so sorry for your loss.”
- Susan Kabrick Watkins
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bring you comfort, strength and peace and may all of your wonderful memories sustain you and continue to bring you much joy. ”
- Jill (Culshaw) Longest
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 4:23 PM
“Sorry to hear about your dad passing.we have always enjoyed being with your parents. We went to Marilyn maye with them last stunner.. Take care.we love you all.. Mike & Cathy Arts
- Catherine & Mike Arts and family
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 2:15 PM
“Forever in your hearts. Wishing you comfort and peace. Sending you love and a warm embraced. ”
- Janet & Rick Olsen
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.”
- Cassie McCreary
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:49 PM
“Joan and kids: So sorry to hear of your loss Ty was a long time good friend (1956-Spencer & played BB against Ty in 44-46 I don't have any Iowa address. ”
- Don Peters
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:49 PM
“To all the Fideler Family--I am so sorry to hear about Ty. I have so many memories of he and joan--from watching us at gymnastics, to the country club, and my favorite--when he would ask me to dance. My prayers are with you all.”
- ann heiman (kelly)
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 12:25 PM
“We are sorry to hear of your loss. May the memories you hold in your heart be of comfort to you ”
- Ken & Jeannie Lawrence
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:14 AM
“John, Kim and Fideler Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Tami Diekmann
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