Tyler Mark Richardella passed away on May 22, 2007 at University Hospital in Denver. He was 30.
Tyler lived in Steamboat Springs for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Steamboat, he lived in Boulder and Berthoud, as well as Idaho and Washington.
Tyler graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and was attending Colorado Mountain College. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Leslie Richardella, and his older brother, Gable.
Tyler was an avid collector of Garfield memorabilia. When the Make A Wish Foundation granted him his wish early in life, he chose to visit Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, at his studio in Indiana.
Tyler was an accomplished sculptor. He learned art from great artists in Steamboat Springs and Loveland. The city of Steamboat Springs commissioned Tyler to sculpt the bronze kayaking memorial at Rich Weiss Memorial Park along the Yampa River in Steamboat.
Tyler was plagued by ill health all his life. But he overcame significant obstacles and developed his art. He left treasures for his family and friends to cherish forever. His work reflects his love of animals, especially cats. His sense of humor is evident in a number of his bronzes. He had a positive impact on so many people, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
The family encourages donations to the Make A Wish Foundation.
A memorial service for Tyler was held May 26 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. The service was followed by a reception at The Depot, where a number of Tyler's pieces were displayed.