Donald Roy Tye, 80, of Grain Valley Missouri, formerly of Odessa, MO, passed
away on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Ignite Medical Resort in Blue Springs, MO.
A visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Friday, September 10, 2021,
at Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, 306 S. 2nd Street, Odessa, MO, 64076, 816-633-
5524. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, at the Missouri Veterans
Cemetery 20109 Bus. Hwy 13 in Higginsville, MO. Memorials in lieu of flowers
to Long Branch Baptist Church. Memories of Donald and condolences for his
family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com or on our Facebook Page.
Donald was born on June 17, 1941, to John Leroy and Hazel Lenora (Smith) Tye
in Odessa, MO. He enlisted in the United States Navy on September 21, 1960, in
Kansas City, MO, serving until honorably discharged on September 18, 1964.
During his service in the Navy, Donald served on the U.S.S. Hector (AR-7). On
July 14, 1989, Donald was united in marriage to JoAnn (Ellison) Singer. He
retired in 1986 from the GM Leeds Assembly Plant in Kansas City and was a
member of the UAW Local 93 and the Long Branch Baptist Church. In addition to
spending time with family and friends, Donald enjoyed playing cards and
dominoes with friends and family.
Survivors include two children, Clint Tye and wife Pam of Blue Springs, MO and
Tracy Wren and husband Brett of Grain Valley, MO; a brother Joel Tye of Odessa,
MO; two sisters, Joyce Schemmer and husband Marvin of Odessa, MO and
Virginia Bertz of Higginsville, MO; two grandchildren; and many nieces and
In addition to his parents and wife, Donald was preceded in death by a brother