Nov. 8, 1935 – May 04, 2020

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Graveside services for Mr. John Henry McTyre were at 10 a.m. Monday, May 11 at the American Cemetery in Natchitoches.

John Henry McTyre went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, May 4, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred (nee Eckhardt); their three children, Sharron M. Snapp (John), Debra M. McCall (Clark) and Steve McTyre (Marcia); seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Emily and Nathaniel Snapp, Ryan and Kylee McCall, Whitney McCall Hierro, Sean and Megan McTyre and her daughter, Dallas Duyck; and his sister, Wavalyn Wagley (Hershel).

John was born in Kilbourne, La., to Ruth and Henry McTyre Nov. 8, 1935. He was raised in Natchitoches, where he attended Natchitoches High School, Northwestern State College and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

After graduation from Northwestern, he served in the military at Fort Sam Houston in the Medical Service Co. and later in the Reserves for 20 years before retiring as a Major.

His professional career began in New Orleans where he was a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.

He also worked for System Development Corporation (RAND Corp.) in computer development in Air Defense for the Air Force.

He worked for IBM in Huntsville, Ala., developing computers for the Space Program, in Gaithersburg, Md., on computerizing the Bay Area Rapid Transit program (BART) and in Boca Raton, Fla., in the development of personal computers.

After retiring, he and Mildred returned to Natchitoches in 2005. He enjoyed sitting on the back porch overlooking the Cane River.

He also enjoyed scuba diving, flying airplanes, coaching Little League teams, sailing and traveling with an Airstream trailer throughout the US and other countries.

John was a member of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, Phoenix Lodge #38 in Natchitoches, Grand Masonic Lodge of Louisiana, Sojourners, Nakatosh Shrine Club, Lions Club, Gideons and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity alumni.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials for John be made in his name to First Baptist Church of Natchitoches Building Fund, Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Pi Kappa Phi Building Fund or the NSU Foundation.