May 10, 1954 ~ May 12, 2020

Born in: Rantoul, IL
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Jean Houston Tyra, Jr. Born May 10th, 1954 on Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. Jean spent his youth between Southern California and Indianapolis. His favorite childhood memories were of camping during the summers in Yosemite and Sequoia or water skiing at Salton Sea. He loved his Gronnie and Pap, especially his Gronnie’s cooking. Jean was taught by his Paps to work on small engines, which later turned into a life-long love of building motorcycles and working on cars.

As an adult, Jean worked as machinist for Hughes Tool in Texas. He later moved back to Indianapolis where he would earn his master automotive and diesel mechanics certification. He graduated with honors through Lincoln Tech. His passion was working on his Harley and trying to build the ultimate “rocket bike,” which he dreamed of racing on the salt flats and breaking the land speed record.

Jean was commonly known as “Caveman” amongst his friends and epitomized the biker culture. Behind his scraggly beard and wild hair was a someone who could definitely be hard and tough but also very kind. Jean always tried to take care of people close to him. He wasn’t perfect and incredibly flawed, but he tried to love the best he could. He was a prolific storyteller of his travels and living through the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s. Those who knew him knew that he was unabashed user of cannabis all his life. It was often joked that he was sometimes more marijuana than man. He loved a good laugh and good times with those he chose to share his time with, although he could be reclusive until he sized you up. So, if you got to spend time Jean you’re very lucky – he must have liked you…just a little bit. Many of his friends would love to come hang out just to hear his stories or jokes. Many of those he helped called him “Daddy Jean” and knew they could always come to him for a meal, a place to stay, auto repair – whatever he could give to help, he would.

Jean was married for 48yrs to his wife Midge (Red). They raised 4 children together. Later he enjoyed quieter times with his many grandchildren.

Jean is preceded in death by some of his most cherished family. His Grandparents Jewel and Carl Tyra, his mother Sally Quinn, daughter Chastidy Tyra, Brothers Troy and Carl Tyra and sister Candy-Ann Crane

Jean is survived by his Father Jean{Pat} Tyra Sr, Wife Mildred Tyra, his siblings Will, Jeff, Don, and Cindy, his children Chris, Harley, Angel, and Farretta, his grandchildren, David, Kylee, Justice, Jasmine, Jewel, Daniel, Amelia, Ellie, Hunter, Dakota, Tyler, Vivionna, and Jared, and his great-grandchildren Ashton and Jordan.

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  1. I remember u from when I was little when Harley n Angel n I hung out, my mom Rhonda grew up w them all. My condolences r w the whole family fly free Jean God bless

  2. You were always a good guy to me. You will be dearly missed as I miss your brother’s. Smoke a big one for me with Troy and Carl. You three are all finally back together.

  3. I didn’t know this man personally but he means the world to my good friend Harley and for someone to love him the way Harley did this man must of been greatness r.i.p mr Tyra and live on through ur son

  4. Your dearly missed Grandpa. Your where my hero, the greatest man that walked this earth. I remember getting up in the mornings at yours an grandmas house to you making a Sausage, egg, and bacon sandwich with toasted beard with Orange juice or a glass milk. An you’ll make me one too. You would ask me if I want to go for a ride. I remember all the fun times we had even when I tried getting you to play a play station 2 game and you didn’t know how to play but you still tried.

    • Family first is what I have learned most about him. He was one of a kind and lived life he wanted too. To be loved so much so much children, wife,, and friends shows your true heart. Tyra family you are all in our hearts and prayers

  5. Jean was true blue. Not many like him. If he was your friend, then he was you true friend. No BS, no games. Just an honest friend. As Josey Wales once said, “I rode with him. I got no complaints.” Ride free brother.

  6. ……Ole’ School, a true original, one of a kind,Patient, loyal, genius mechanic, all of these are true….But “Brother” is what I knew him best as
    Ride in Peace Bro

  7. Even though we hadn’t seen each other in while we could pick up right where we left off. Always a friend for life and beyond. RIP brother much love to you and your family. PAC Rat.

    • Very grateful for being able to be part of the family. You made sure I was never left behind, more times than just once. I was always welcomed and invited to your house. Many fun and good memories.
      Jean, you’re missed and gonna be missed more than you may have known.

  8. Jean….I dont know where to begin…a lifetime of laughs…memories…you coming to the rescue time and again when I was stranded with a broken down junker….the advice…the LOVE. Man. I am at a loss for words for the 1st time in my life. You were one of the best men I’ve ever met in my life and I feel privileged to have been a part of your family for almost 3 decades. I will always remember how gentle you were with the babies in the family. I will always remember the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on your face the first time we placed a newborn David Houston, your first grandson in your arms. You were his best friend his whole life. My heart is so broken, not only for myself and David, but for Mama Red, Chris, Harley, Angel, Farretta and all the rest of the grandbabies. I know you’re in a better place, dancing with your oldest daughter and laughing with your siblings. It does bring some comfort to envision that. The world lost a damn good man, but heaven gained one hell of an angel. Love ya old man. Until we meet again on the other side, love ya always

  9. Sorry for your guys loss. He was a very special man. Had one of the biggest hearts. Rest easy Jean. Keep an eye on everyone.

  10. Love all the Tyra’s. Jean you were one of a kind & someone that I will never forget. Pray’s go out too the entire Tyra family. P.S. Love you Red & GOD BLESS!!!!!!!

  11. You will truly be missed Jean..But I can honestly say you left quite a legacy with the family you created they are all a wonderful bunch rest in peace

  12. You will truly be missed Jean but I can honestly say you’ve left quite a legacy with the family you created they are quite a wonderful bunch Rest In Peace

  13. Sending love to all. We will remember Jean Jr. with great fondness, through the memories and stories and photos and songs shared. May these memories bring peace and comfort. Rest in Peace, brother.

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